(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- Retired Detective Sgt. Robert R. Ritchie of the Buffalo Police Department, who headed the Arson and Bomb Squad for 20 years, died Wednesday (March 7, 2001) after a brief illness. He was 78.
Ritchie was chief arson investigator when he retired in 1983. He was a firefighter for seven years before becoming a policeman in 1953 and continued as a lecturer at the Erie County Fire Academy until the late 1970s. He also taught courses for the FBI and spoke at law enforcement conferences.