Special Deputy Sheriff Bobby J. Thatcher

Special Deputy Sheriff Bobby J. Thatcher

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, April 20, 1952

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Bobby J. Thatcher

Deputy Bobby Thatcher was killed when he was struck by an out-of-control race car at the Dayton Speedway while on assignment there. He was attempting to push a female patron out of the way when he was struck and killed instantly. Despite his brave efforts the patron was also killed.

Deputy Thatcher had served with the agency for only 5 days and had previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his parents, brother, and twin sister.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 5 days
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Special Deputy Sheriff Bobby J. Thatcher of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 65 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 21, 2018

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