Patrolman Clarence Holton Upson

Patrolman Clarence Holton Upson

Galion Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, August 3, 1940

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Clarence Holton Upson

Patrolman Clarence Upson was killed while attempting to prevent a man from driving drunk at South Street and Harding Way East in Galion.

A man had been drinking and was getting into his vehicle at 12:00 pm when Patrolman Upson approached him, telling him not to drive. An argument ensued and the subject struck Patrolman Upson. He fell and hit his head on the pavement.

The subject, 26, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one to 20 years in Mansfield Reformatory on September 30, 1940.

Patrolman Upson was an Ohio National Guard veteran who had served with the Galion Police Department for 15 years and had previously served as a merchant policeman. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and five grandchildren.


  • Age 70
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 to 20 years

alcohol violation, foot patrol

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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 Clarence Holton Upson of the Galion Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 3, 2023

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