Patrolman David L. Sterner

Patrolman David L. Sterner

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 25, 1973

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David L. Sterner

Patrolman David Sterner was killed in an automobile crash while pursuing a vehicle on State Route 15 south of Finley.

When another vehicle pulled in front of his patrol car at State Route 37, he attempted to avoid a collision and struck a culvert.

Patrolman Sterner had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for eight months. He was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 1139/1506

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman David L. Sterner of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 25, 2024

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