Police Officer Ben James Franklin

Police Officer Ben James Franklin

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, January 10, 1992

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Ben James Franklin

Police Officer Ben Franklin died after suffering a heart attack while breaking up a fight at a basketball game at Buchtel High School in Akron.

Officer Franklin was working as security when a fight broke out between a subject who had returned to her high school and started a fight with another female. Officer Franklin was arresting the subject, who was resisting when he collapsed.

The subject was initially charged with manslaughter but the charge was dismissed. She was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 18 months but the judge suspended the sentence to four months.

Officer Franklin was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Akron Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 108
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest attempt, disturbance, off duty, secondary employment

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Officer Franklin,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 17, 2024

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