Marshal John Vapenik

Marshal John Vapenik

Maple Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, August 28, 1920

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John Vapenik

Marshal John Vapenik was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle as he patrolled Libby Road for whiskey runners.

As he rounded a curve on the road, his motorcycle was struck from behind by a car that was following him. He was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered a broken neck.

The driver of the vehicle that struck him was charged with manslaughter.

Marshal Vapenik had served with the Maple Heights Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motorcycle, 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 Marshal John Vapenik of the Maple Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 80 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 28, 2023

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