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Police Officer Michael Blankenship | Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Michael Blankenship

Ohio State University Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, February 10, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 303

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Michael Blankenship was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a suspicious person call at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The killer was found dead after committing suicide.

Officer Blankenship is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Do You Know

Do you really know what we do?
Keeping peace and sanity just for you.
We go to work and try to keep our minds clear,
Knowing the dangers, yet we show no fear.
You say we look angry and sad all the time,
It's because of the horrible things that play in our minds.
Do you know what it is like every time we close our eyes?
To relive the death and frantic cries?
If only you knew the stress we carry around,
You would continually praise us rather than run us in the ground.
Do you know what it is like to watch a person die?
Or console a battered woman and tell a child not to cry?
You cast your problems on us day in and day out,
We try to help you and show you the right route.
Do you know what we would like to hear?
"I want to congratulate you on your courage and what you see every day".

Lt. G.D. Spence
February 10, 2015


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