Patrolman Willard H. Santel

Patrolman Willard H. Santel

Reading Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, May 29, 1945

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Willard H. Santel

Patrolman Willard Santel was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a retaining wall while in pursuit of a vehicle on Old Wright Highway (now Interstate I-75) in Lockland, Ohio.

Suffering from a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula, he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. While hospitalized, he developed bilateral pneumonia and died May 29th, 1945.

Patrolman Santel had served with the Reading Police Department for 1-1/2 years. He was survived by his expectant wife who later gave birth to their daughter.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 8, 1945
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available


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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 Patrolman Willard H. Santel of the Reading Police Department, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 29, 2023

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