Village Marshal John George Wisebaker

Village Marshal John George Wisebaker

Willard Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, July 14, 1884

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John George Wisebaker

Village Marshal John Wisebaker was killed after responding to a report of a large public brawl in a railroad yard.

When Marshal Wisebaker identified himself at the scene he was struck in the head with a heavy metal railroad coupling pin. Marshal Wisebaker died seven days later from the injury.

Marshal Wisebaker had served with the Willard Police Department for eight months. He was survived by his wife and five children. He was a Civil War Veteran who served as a private in the 49th Ohio Infantry, Company E.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, July 7, 1884
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Never identified

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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 Village Marshal John George Wisebaker of the Willard Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 14, 2021

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