Dispatcher Michael L. Sweeney

Dispatcher Michael L. Sweeney

Put-in-Bay Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 9, 1983

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Michael L. Sweeney

Dispatcher Michael Sweeney, Deputy Sheriff Bruce Mettler of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, and Sergeant Rigoni of the Port Clinton Police Department were killed when the plane they were riding in crashed into Lake Erie.

The officers were traveling to assist a police chief on a neighboring island who was suffering a heart attack. All four occupants of the plane were killed in the accident.

Dispatcher Sweeney had served with the Put-in-Bay Police Department for one year. He was survived by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident, rescue, weather

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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 Dispatcher Michael L. Sweeney of the Put-in-Bay Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 9, 2023

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