Patrolman George Joseph "Joe" Biggs

Patrolman George Joseph "Joe" Biggs

Fremont Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, November 3, 1948

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George Joseph "Joe" Biggs

Patrolman Joe Biggs was killed when he was intentionally crushed between a car and a tractor-trailer during a vehicle pursuit.

Officers had attempted to stop a vehicle used in a robbery in Avon Lake. When the vehicle slowed down, Patrolman Biggs jumped on the running board and attempted to reach inside to turn off the car on West State Street west of Arch Street. The driver sped up, crossed the center line, and sideswiped a tractor-trailer.

The passenger of the vehicle was apprehended a short time later and shot and killed when he attempted to escape police custody. The 20-year-old driver was arrested in Florida and sentenced to life in prison. He was released on January 14, 1972.

Patrolman Biggs was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII and had served with the Fremont Police Department for only 3 months. He was survived by his parents, six sisters, and two brothers.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 12
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Released in 1972

vehicle pursuit

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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 Patrolman George Joseph Biggs of the Fremont Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

November 3, 2022

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