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Police Specialist David H. Massel | Woodlawn Police Department, Ohio Woodlawn Police Department, Ohio

Police Specialist

David H. Massel

Woodlawn Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Specialist David Massel was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Ohio Route 4 (Springfield Pike).

The intoxicated driver was also killed in the collision.

Specialist Massel is survived by his mother.

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I can remember this night like it was yesterday, even though I did not know this officer specifically. I grew up and lived in Woodlawn at the time this incident occurred, having driven upon the scene on my way home that late night early morning. It was a scene I will never forget, first of all for the amount of police that were there. I believe every police from everywhere was there with so many lights that caught my attention from miles away. Then once I seen the vehicles involved, to this day I don't think I have seen such a bad accident with both cars destroyed all the way to the trunks being popped open and it was cold that night so both cars were covered in ice from the fire department putting out the fires, I imagine. I knew the son of the other driver and my prayers go out to both families of this horrible tragedy that happened on that cold February night almost 30 years ago.

C E Campbell
Fellow resident
January 9, 2014


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