Interim Police Chief William R. Ricketts

Interim Police Chief William R. Ricketts

New Middletown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, April 2, 1997

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William R. Ricketts

Interim Chief of Police William Ricketts was killed in a car crash on Struthers Road in Poland Township while he was taking papers to the courthouse.

Chief Ricketts had served as the interim chief of the New Middletown Police Department for 6 months and served with the department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and eight grandchildren.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

civil papers, single vehicle crash

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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 Chief of Police William R. Ricketts of the New Middletown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 2, 2023

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