Patrolman William Dalton

Patrolman William Dalton

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, August 10, 1899

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William Dalton

Patrolman William Dalton was pursuing a violator of the panhandling ordinance on horseback.

The horse ran into a buggy at the intersection of Germantown Street and Baxter Street (modern day Fitch Street), throwing Patrolman Dalton to the ground and causing a fractured skull from which he died the next day.

Patrolman Dalton had served with the Dayton Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 9, 1899

mounted patrol, pursuit

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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 Patrolman William Dalton of the Dayton 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 10, 2023

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