Constable Michael Donald Chihil

Constable Michael Donald Chihil

Newbury Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, January 1, 1972

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Michael Donald Chihil

Constable Michael Chihil was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver as he responded to assist the Burton Police Department on a call.

The collision occurred on Route 87 in front of St. Helen's Catholic Church.

Constable Chihil was the town's part-time constable and police chief. He was a United States Air Force Vietnam veteran and had only been with the Newbury Township Police Department for six months. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, eight brothers, and two sisters.

He is buried at the Newbury Center Cemetary in Geauga County, Ohio.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

Impaired Driver, officer assistance

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable Michael Donald Chihil of the Newbury Township Police Department, Ohio and the additional 82 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

January 1, 2024

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