Trooper William R. Bender

Trooper William R. Bender

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, November 20, 1982

William R. Bender

Trooper Bender succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier when he was struck by a tractor trailer while directing traffic at a construction site at US Route 23 and State Route 53 in Wyandot County. He was assigned to the Marion Post at the time of the incident.

Trooper Bender's father, Deputy William J. Bender, was killed in an on duty automobile accident on July 2, 1973, while serving with the Marion County, Ohio, Sheriff's Department.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 313/1517

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Monday, October 25, 1982

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Trooper William R. Bender of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 59 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 20, 2018

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