Deputy Marshal Benjamin Thacker

Deputy Marshal Benjamin Thacker

Coal Grove Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1929

Benjamin Thacker

Deputy Marshal Ben Thacker was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Pike Street and Main Street while attempting to stop a speeding vehicle.

He was overtaking the speeding vehicle when another car swung out while attempting to turn right onto Main Street. Deputy Marshal Thacker's motorcycle collided with the car, causing him to suffer severe injuries. He was transported to Marting Hospital where he passed away.

Deputy Marshal Thacker had been appointed as the village's motorcycle officer only three weeks earlier after the previous motorcycle officer had been injured. He was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Marshal Benjamin Thacker of the Coal Grove Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 19, 2018

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