Correction Officer Wayne Mitchell

Correction Officer Wayne Mitchell

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, February 2, 2001

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Wayne Mitchell

Correction Officer Wayne Mitchell was killed when the prisoner transport van he was riding in was involved in an accident on I-71, under the overpass for Ohio 56 in Madison County.

He was one of three officers transporting two prisoners to a medical facility when the van slid on a patch of ice and struck a concrete retaining wall.

Officer Mitchell had served with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Officer Mitchell, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, was selected as Correctional Officer of the Year for 2001 by a vote of his fellow officers after they withdrew their own names from consideration.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 4
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

prisoner custody, transport, weather

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Officer Mitchell,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 1, 2024

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