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The state honors Ohio police officers who died in the line of duty

“Today is a day of remembrance and deep mourning. There is no need to hide our pain – we all feel it,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Law enforcement agencies from across the state and members of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission gathered in London, Ohio to remember peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty between 2020 and 2023, as well as a historic honoree.

This year nine names were added to the monument:

  • Deputy Joshua I. Hamilton, Preble County Sheriff's Office
  • Deputy Marcus L. Zeigler
  • Officer Timothy J. Unwin, Springfield Township Police Department
  • Deputy Terrance N. Bateman, Franklin County Sheriff's Office
  • Corporal Matthew D. Mitchell, South Vienna Police
  • Officer Anthony E. Cloyd, University of Dayton Department of Public Safety
  • Deputy Billy I. Ihrig, Franklin County Sheriff's Office
  • Officer Gerald F. Lynch, police mentor
  • Patrolman Mark U. Heinl, St. Henry Police Department
  • Deputy Chief Orion Hale, Germantown Police Department

Thirty-two black granite plaques decorate the monument, engraved with the names of 836 peace officers from 1832.

The dedication comes immediately after the murder of four officers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The thin blue line that connects our work – wherever that work is done – also connects our hearts,” Yost said.

“I would like to address this thought to all of you. Your loved one’s life meant more, had a greater impact and is a greater legacy than that of many people who will live on for decades to come.”

Learn more about peace officers here.

Anna Harden

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