Patrolman Carl L. "Shorty" Thrush

Patrolman Carl L. "Shorty" Thrush

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 6, 1972

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Carl L. "Shorty" Thrush

Patrolman Carl Thrush was killed in an automobile crash on State Route 93 north of McArthur in Vinton County when his patrol car struck an ice patch, hit another car head-on, and went over an embankment.

He was on his way to investigate another vehicle collision on Route 160 when the incident occurred.

Patrolman Thrush had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for seven years, assigned to the Athens Post. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years, 8 months
  • Badge 20/1064

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

accident investigation, vehicle crash, weather

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Carl L. Thrush 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 6, 2024

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