Crime & Courts
Memorial service Tuesday for Polk deputy killed in crash
Services for Polk County Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph “Shane” Robbins, who died in a crash Friday in Winter Haven, have been scheduled for this week. There will be a private viewing for family and friends only from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church at the Mall, 1010 East Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland. Viewing for law enforcement and the public will follow from 4 to 8 p.m. The viewing is not be open to the media, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. There will be no gravesite service. Law enforcement honors will take place outside the church after the service.The public needs to watch for heavy traffic in the area of the church and on Memorial Boulevard Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning due to the services. Robbins, 40, a 15-year deputy, died Friday after his patrol car crashed off Bomber Road in Winter Haven, investigators said. He was found unresponsive in his cruiser. He began his career in February 1998, and 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.