Chief of Police Otto E. Kolodzik

Chief of Police Otto E. Kolodzik

Middletown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, January 27, 1932

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Otto E. Kolodzik

Chief of Police Otto Kolodzik succumbed to complications of an accidental gunshot wound sustained on December 18th, 1931.

He was carrying a shotgun from a police car into the police station when he tripped on the stairs. The shotgun fell and discharged, striking him in both feet. The wound resulted in several toes having to be amputated. He developed complications following the surgery and died as a result on January 27th, 1932.

Chief Kolodzik had served with the Middletown Police Department for two years and had previously served as the police chief of the Hamilton Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Friday, December 18, 1931

accidental discharge

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Chief of Police Otto E. Kolodzik of the Middletown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 27, 2024

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