Chief Robert Lampela


       Seargent Zachary Lamour


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                                                                    Station: 431 Catawba Avenue  Put-in-Bay, OH  43456  USA          Mailing Address: PO Box 268  Put-in-Bay, OH  43456  USA

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The Put-in-Bay Police Department remembers those who have moved on from this life while they were serving with the Put-in-Bay Police Department. 

"A Part of America Died"

Somebody killed a Policeman today,
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
with counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
and spend many long, lonely nights.

The beat that he walked was a battle field too,
just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
in your hometown or in mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
and he stands at each rookies side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all, 
And A Part Of America Died.

Deputy Sheriff Harry Koch,
Maricopa AZ County Sheriff, Retired 





Lieutenant Ron Root (August 5, 2005)

Lieutenant Ron Root served many years as the head of the Put-in-Bay Police Department Marine Patrol Division, as well as countless other responsibilities for the police department.  Ron was a beloved member of the community and had a special ability to make people laugh.  Prior to his career in law enforcement, he was a successful business owner.  Ron was successful in his first bout with cancer, but was unable to beat it a second time.  Ron passed away in his home, with his wife and family at his side.  Ron's #905 badge has been retired is his honor.






K-9 Ajax (September 9, 2001)

Ajax was born in Germany on October 31, 1995.  He was trained in criminal apprehension,
narcotics, tracking. and article search.  Ajax was searching a building, and later became noticeably ill.  A short time later, he was dead.  While no actual cause is known, poisoning is suspected.




Dispatcher Michael Sweeney

Sergeant Robert Rigoni

Deputy Bruce Mettler


(December 9, 1983)

(December 9, 1983)

(December 9, 1983)


Dispatcher Michael Sweeney (Put-in-Bay Police), Deputy Bruce Mettler (Ottawa County Sheriff's Office), and Sergeant Robert Rigoni (Port Clinton Police) were killed when the plane they were riding in crashed into Lake Erie. The officers were traveling to assist a police chief on a neighboring island who was suffering a heart attack. All four occupants of the plane were killed in the accident.



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