Marshal John Vapenik

Marshal John Vapenik

Maple Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, August 28, 1920

John Vapenik

Marshal John Vapenik was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle as he patrolled Libby Road for whiskey runners.

As he rounded a curve on the road his motorcycle was struck from behind by a car that was following him. He was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered a broken neck.

The driver of the vehicle that struck him was charged with manslaughter.

Marshal Vapenik had served with the Maple Heights Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Marshal Vapenik,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Maple Heights. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 28, 2016

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