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Trooper Frank Galvan Vazquez | Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Trooper

Frank Galvan Vazquez

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 975

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 11/5/2001

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to eight years

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Trooper Frank Vazquez was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-270 in Columbus, Ohio.

He was standing outside of his vehicle when the drunk driver struck the rear of his patrol car. The patrol car, and the suspect's vehicle, collided into Trooper Vazquez and into the vehicle that was stopped.

The drunk driver was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. On May 20, 2002, the driver was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison.

Trooper Vazquez had served with the Ohio Highway Patrol for almost 4 years, and is survived by his wife and three young children.

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Hey dad. It's been quite some time since i've written, and that needs to change.

I graduated high school 6 months ago. I wish you could've seen me get my diploma. I got to sing the national anthem too! It was amazing. I am 18 now, going to the college of my dreams, Belmont University. It's a really surreal feeling being away from home for so long. I miss our family a lot. I hope you are constantly watching over them because I'm too far away to protect them as well. College truly is amazing though. I'm going for what I love rather than the paycheck, and i've found so many people that love the same things as i do. Who knew so many people like me existed! I've met a boy like you and it makes me feel protected and safe. He looks after me as well.
It's almost been 15 years. 15 damn years since you were taken. That is the craziest thing. No one forgets about you. I constantly ask officers around me if they knew you and 9/10 times they do. They tell me stories and tell me what a remarkable man you are. I believe it. Everyday i think of you and i don't think there will ever be a time where i don't. I miss you. I hope all is well in heaven.
I will write again soon. I love you.

Kyra Vazquez
Daughter
November 1, 2016

 

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