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Police Officer John William Bechtol | Delhi Township Police Department, Ohio Delhi Township Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

John William Bechtol

Delhi Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 25, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 months

Badge # 17

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer Bechtol was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an emergency call involving a mental subject when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Delhi Pike and Pedretti Avenue. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 6 months in jail and 3 years probation.

Officer Bechtol had served with the Delhi Township Police Department for only 2 months. He was survived by his wife, 4-year-old stepson, and parents.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
October 25, 2010


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