Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 22 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Heart attack
Deputy Sheriff Donald Kehnast suffered a fatal heart attack while he and several other officers struggled with a mental patient at a tavern in Defiance, Ohio.
Deputy Kehnast had been elected sheriff two months earlier and was to take office on January 4, 1965. He had served with the Defiance County Sheriff's Office for 22 years and was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.