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City mourns YPD officer



Published: Fri, June 20, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Robert Deichman YPD offficer killed in traffic accident

By ELISE FRANCO

Detective Sgt. Robert Deichman was driving his unmarked car on Salt Springs Road when it collided with a tractor-trailer.

YOUNGSTOWN — Great police officer, family man, dedicated, decent, fun, energetic, good person.

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Robert Deichman YPD offficer killed in traffic accident

These words are used by colleagues as they remember Detective Sgt. Robert Deichman, a nine-year Youngstown police veteran who died in a traffic accident early Thursday.

“He was a good human being, a family man,” said Detective Donald Scott, who had known Deichman for 10 years and worked closely with him. “He will be sadly missed.”

The Youngstown Police Department and the Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol released information about Deichman, who was killed at about 3:20 a.m. in the 2750 block of Salt Springs Road, a light industrial area.

Deichman, 40, was on call and driving an unmarked police car when he collided with a tractor-trailer.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said Deichman, who worked in the accident investigation unit, was given the vehicle during off-duty hours in case he was called to the scene of a crash.

“He was a great guy — fun, energetic — I can’t say enough about him,” Hughes said. “I don’t say every officer is great. They’re all good, but he was great.”

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Chief Jimmy Hughes.

Deichman joined the force in 1999 as a patrol officer. He was promoted in 2006 to detective sergeant and reassigned to the accident investigation unit, where he served until his death.

“His dedication to his job is why he was doing what he was doing,” Hughes said.

The truck driver, David Feliciano, 38, of Berlin Center, was pulling out of a private business driveway on the south side of Salt Springs Road when he entered the path of Deichman’s car, which was traveling east on Salt Springs Road, Hughes said.

Deichman was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page for the Youngstown Police Department, Deichman is the 13th officer to be killed in the line of duty; he is the second to die in an automobile accident.

No charges had been filed against Feliciano at press time.

Some questions have been asked about whether either driver was wearing a seat belt and if alcohol was involved. Toxicology tests will be run by the coroner, and Hughes said he will have no concrete answers until the investigation is completed.

“It’s fair to let the investigation play out,” Hughes said. “It’s not fair to see a bad guy in this accident. If there’s fault, it will come to the surface during the investigation.”

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Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams

Mayor Jay Williams also offered his condolences to Deichman’s family.

“The family is first and foremost in our hearts and prayers,” he said. “And my condolences go out to the Youngstown Police Department and the community as well.”

Williams said the death of an officer is something everyone hopes never happens.

“It’s an understanding that they put their lives on the line day in and day out,” he said. “We don’t anticipate it, but we have to prepare for it.”

Hughes said that before informing the family of the accident, he had to think what he would want to hear if it were his family member.

“I asked, ‘How would I tell myself?’” he said. “It’s just as hard. It hits me just as hard. I’ve been on the force for 32 years, and this is not my first notification, but it’s never easy.

“The family is devastated ... they’re grieving.”

Deichman leaves behind his parents, wife and two daughters, who are 11 and 15. Family members could not be reached for comment.

efranco@vindy.com


Comments

1karol207(42 comments)posted 6 years ago

Ok Old man grump, please keep these kind of comments to yourself.ok?! for goodness sake let all of us greaf in peace. he was an awesome person,officer and a dad. so please for the sake of our kids keep it to your self. thanks.

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2HustlaSweetz(4 comments)posted 6 years ago

It is very ignorant to state an opinion like you did oldmangrump, that was my uncle. They did not say anything about him being drunk, and he was not on duty, he was on call, but not on duty. Have a little respect for his family and respect for him as a police officer. People are rude when things happen to people they don't know or is not a part of their family.

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3grkfire(52 comments)posted 6 years ago

Oldmangrump,
Keep your ignorant, uneducated comments to yourself. Why would they need to wait for a report to make a statement like that? You dont make any sense. Rob Deichman was a great man, and a great officer. He put his life on the line everyday to protect others. Im certain he helped more people in a week than you have in your entire life. He was a good friend of mine and many others, and he will be sadly missed. Dont be bitter because you are old and have no friends, so you must resort to browsing vindy.com posting ignorant comments every second you get. May God have mercy on your soul (you are old and will prob end up going soon), you miserable old man. Rob is in heaven, watchin over us, just as he did when he was here. RIP Rob, you are missed and will never be forgotten.

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4redcatcher(16 comments)posted 6 years ago

OldmanGrump;You are too much.Everyone reading,"This man goes by the name of OldmanGrump2" on the Warren Tribune site.You are about the sickest,loud mouthed fool going.A man is dead.Another has to live with the memories.Two children do not have a father.Where in the hell did you learn to reconstruct accident sceens?Where did you go to Pathology school?You are a "Crime solving Genius"..ZERO qualification to make all these premature remarks.You need to go downtown Youngstown,visit the PD and spout your mouth like this.I assure you,it will be a day to remember for you.If you own a dog,it would not recognize you when you walked in the door.You a Punk!

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5markdtenn(8 comments)posted 6 years ago

oldmangrump, i will be driving 8 hours in the morning to come back to youngstown to bury one of my closest friends, he was a great man and a great police officer. I would be more then willing to meet you in person when i get back and dicuss this with you at great length after my 8 hour drive of which i will be thinking about rob all the way i am sure i will have more then enough energy to "discuss" your comments with you. Have some respect for someone that spent their lives protecting low lifes like you.

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6redcatcher(16 comments)posted 6 years ago

markdtenn,I am very sorry for your losing a friend and you sadness.I wish you a safe trip and,please understand that folks like OdmanGrump,will get theirs in time.Screw him in your mind now and remember the friedship..Hang in there!

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7MOChick(1 comment)posted 6 years ago

Obviously Oldman Grump did not know Robert like his family and friends did. He was a great cousin that I grew up with here in Missouri when we were little and I will miss him dearly. So Oldman Grump show some respect for someone that put his butt on the line for people like you. Show Lori and the girls some respect becuase they are the ones that will have to come to a home without Robert. Show my uncle, aunt, and my cousins some respect as well. This was a great son, brother, and uncle to his family.

So if you are this bored to write about something you obviously don't know about, keep your sad comments to yourself.

Robert rest in peace dear cousin.
Sherry and family
Missouri

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8cin618(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

Never judge someone you don't know. Rob was a really nice guy.
Would do anything for you....
We love you Rob! Rest in peace...

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