Patrolman James P. Gardner

Patrolman James P. Gardner

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 28, 1948

James P. Gardner

Patrolman James Gardner was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a vehicle. His patrol car collided with another vehicle and then struck a telephone pole.

Patrolman Gardner was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for only 5 months. He was stationed at the Massillon Post.

He was survived by his parents.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James P. Gardner of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

February 28, 2018

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