Police Officer John Paul Kalaman

Police Officer John Paul Kalaman

Centerville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1998

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John Paul Kalaman

Police Officer John Kalaman was killed after being struck by a vehicle while at the scene of a collision with injuries on I-675.

Officer Kalaman was checking on the victims when another vehicle lost control and struck him. The vehicle also struck two firefighters. Firefighter Robert J. O'Toole of the Washington Township Fire Department died of his injuries as well.

The suspect who struck Officer Kalaman was issued two minor traffic citations and a $200 fine.

Officer Kalaman had served with the Centerville Police Department for five years. He was survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 33

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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26 years ago today, I lost a close friend & colleague in the line of duty when he was struck by a car and killed on I-675 while investigating a traffic crash on icy roads.

The month before he was killed, John and I had spent three weeks together in evidence technician training at the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab learning how to process crime scenes. We were partners during our practical exercise of processing a mock crime scene.
We also worked together on calls when I was assigned to Washington Twp. and backed each other up on calls.

I remember learning the news that morning that he was killed and driving around the rest of the day in my patrol car crying that I had lost my friend.

Life is short. Never take a day for granted. We never know when life may end so we should treasure each day as if it's our last. We are never guaranteed tomorrow. Love those around you, make the best of each day, live and do your best. Live with no regrets!

Chief Kurt E. Althouse
Vandalia (OH) Division of Police

January 12, 2024

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