Patrolman James P. Gardner

Patrolman James P. Gardner

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 28, 1948

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James P. Gardner

Patrolman James Gardner was killed in an automobile crash while pursuing a vehicle at 8:20 p.m.

His patrol car collided with another vehicle and then struck a telephone pole on Highway 62 near Alliance. The other patrolman in the vehicle was seriously injured.

Patrolman Gardner was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for only 5 months, assigned to the Massillon Post. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 172/455
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James P. Gardner of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 65 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

February 28, 2024

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