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Polk deputy killed in crash remembered as 'man's man'

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A single-car crash killed Polk County Sheriff's deputy in Winter Haven Friday morning, according to PCSO report.

Traffic crash investigators spent hours at scene, trying to figure out what happened. They shut down Bomber Road from Spruce Road to US 17 for a few hours. According to the sheriff's report, the wreck involved a PCSO patrol car.

Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph "Shane" Robbins was behind the wheel of that patrol car. Sheriff Graddy Judd said Robbins was on his way to the sheriff's office headquarters to get his computer fixed. A fellow deputy, driving the other way on Bomber Road passed him just before the crash. They waved at each other.

Crash scene markers on the road show what happened next. Robbins veered right off the roadway, corrected the car back onto the road, and then crashed, roof first into a large oak tree.

"He's a man's man," said Sheriff Judd. "You hear the good die young. The great die young, too."

According to PCSO report, somebody who heard the crash called 911 about 9 a.m. Friday morning. Responding deputies found a damaged PCSO-marked Chevrolet Impala off to the north side of the westbound lane of Bomber Road. 

"Many neighbors rushed to help, even before EMS, fire rescue and other deputies arrived," said Sheriff Judd.

One of those neighbors was Allen Turbine. He heard the crash and the siren from the patrol car.

"It was a beep, beep, beep," he said. "It didn't sound right."

Paramedics took Deputy Robbins to Winter Haven Hospital. Doctors pronounced him dead there.

Master Deputy Sheriff Shane Robbins began his career with PCSO in February of 1998.  He served in various parts of the county in Patrol, as a Special Victims Unit detective, and as a Homicide detective. He leaves a wife Alisa and five children.

"He protected the children. He protected the victims, and he did what was right to make this a safer community," Sheriff Judd said.

Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies ask anyone who may have seen or heard the crash to call 863-298-6200.

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