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Deputy Sheriff Richard Dean Harmon | Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Dean Harmon

Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, September 3, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 12

Cause: Automobile crash

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Deputy Sheriff Richard Harmon was killed while assisting another deputy on a traffic stop on State Route 43, south of Waco.

He had positioned his patrol car behind the other deputy's vehicle with the emergency lights activated. Deputy Harmon's unit was struck from behind by a drunk driver who left the roadway.

Deputy Harmon had served with the Stark County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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I was on my way to Canton that day, and this happened just after we passed the cars. We stopped to assist, and within minutes, officers arrived from everywhere. It certainly leaves you shaken. Every time I pass that stretch on 43, I think of that day.

Elisabeth Moser
December 19, 2015


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