Patrolman James R. Wert

Patrolman James R. Wert

Ravenna Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, January 31, 1981

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James R. Wert

Patrolman Wert was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making an arrest of a second drunk driver at 0133 hours on State Route 88. Patrolman Wert's partner was also struck and injured. The suspect who struck the officers fled the scene but was arrested at his home a short time later.

The 17-year-old driver was charged with drunk driving, hit-and-run, and involuntary manslaughter.

Patrolman Wert had previously served as a Military Policeman in the Army before joining the agency. He was survived by his wife, parents, sister, and two brothers. One of his brothers later joined the Ravenna Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Must have been a awesome ravenna officer.......I really feel frank seman has done
a great job with the park rememberance

Denise paolucci
ravenna citizen

March 13, 2021

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