Patrolman Arthur E. Sponsel

Patrolman Arthur E. Sponsel

Hamilton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 12, 1937

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Arthur E. Sponsel

Patrolman Arthur Sponsel was shot and killed when he interrupted three men burglarizing a restaurant on North Third Street. All three suspects were arrested and charged with his murder. The shooter was sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair. The other two were sentenced to life.

Patrolman Sponsel had served with the agency for six years and had previously served in World War I. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Butler Count, Ohio.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Arthur E. Sponsel of the Hamilton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 12, 2018

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