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Polk sheriff’s deputy dies in Winter Haven crash

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: April 26, 2013 at 05:16 PM

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A 15-year Polk County sheriff’s deputy died Friday after his patrol car crashed off the side of Bomber Road in Winter Haven, investigators said.

Master Deputy Joseph “Shane” Robbins, 40, was found unresponsive in his cruiser after someone who heard the crash called 911, investigators said.

Emergency workers arrived at the scene about 9:15 a.m. and extricated Robbins from the car, deputies said. He was transported to Winter Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Robbins, who was on duty, was heading west on Bomber Road toward U.S. 27 when the crash occurred, the sheriff’s office said. His Chevrolet Impala was found on the north side of the westbound lane of Bomber Road. 

Robbins, who began his career in February 1998, served in various parts of the county working as patrol deputy, and as a special victims and homicide detective, the sheriff’s office.

Over the years, he has received 14 commendations and 187 recognitions and accomplishment reports from the department.

Robbins is survived by his wife, Alisa, and five children.

Investigators asked anyone who may have seen or heard anything related to the crash to call the sheriff’s office at (863) 298-6200.

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