Police Officer Raymond E. Radel, Jr.

Police Officer Raymond E. Radel, Jr.

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, April 25, 1991

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Raymond E. Radel, Jr.

Officer Raymond Radel succumbed to injuries received five days earlier when his car was struck head-on on I-70 just outside of Columbus.

Officer Radel was returning from an assignment to the Police Athletic League Classic Car Show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when a vehicle lost control and crossed into the westbound lane east of Brice Road, striking his truck. He and his son were transported to Ohio State University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. His son was in critical condition but survived. A passenger in the other vehicle also died.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence.

Officer Radel was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 168
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 20, 1991

DUI, routine driving, vehicle crash

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Raymond E. Radel of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 25, 2023

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