Ptl. Robert B. Woodall, a three year veteran of the Oberlin Police Department, was working the midnight shift and was last seen at approximately 4:30am on March 10, 1971. The other officers working became concerned when Ptl. Woodall failed to respond to radio calls and began a search for his location. At approximately 6:23am, officers located Ptl. Woodall’s cruiser which had left the icy roadway on East Hamilton Street near Parsons Road and sustained heavy damage after striking a tree. Ptl. Woodall was located inside the vehicle deceased. A three-year veteran of the department, Patrolman Woodall was survived by his wife, father, sister, and grandmother. Patrolman Woodall is buried at Oberlin Westwood Cemetery in Section R, Lot 036.5, Grave #2.
End of watch: March 10, 1971
Constable Franklin Stone succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on May 12th, 1881, after a foot pursuit of a subject whom he was attempting to arrest at approximately 7:00pm. Constable Stone had arrested a man the previous day in an attempt to serve an assault warrant. The man initially cooperated with Constable Stone and agreed to accompany him to the police station, but then hesitated as they passed a blacksmith shop where his father and brother were working. The family members exited the shop and attacked Constable Stone, allowing the prisoner to escape. Constable Stone swore out warrants for the father and brother and then attempted to serve them on the following day. As Constable Stone attempted to arrest the brother, he fled on foot with Constable Stone firing at him as he gave chase. One of the rounds wounded the man, who ran to his home at 26 Mechanic Street (modern day Locust Street). As Constable Stone reached the home, the man’s father exited the front door and shot him in the chest with a rifle as he was reloading his firearm. Constable Stone suffered a serious wound and was taken to his home on South Professor Street where he remained until passing away on June 5th, 1881. Constable Stone was survived by his wife, Huldah, and their children. Constable Stone is buried with his family at Oberlin Westwood Cemetery in Section K, Lot 045, Grave #02B.
End of watch: June 5, 1881