Deputy Sheriff Richard Dean Harmon

Deputy Sheriff Richard Dean Harmon

Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, September 3, 1981

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Richard Dean Harmon

Deputy Sheriff Richard Harmon was killed while assisting another deputy on a traffic stop on State Route 43, south of Waco.

He had positioned his patrol car behind the other deputy's vehicle with the emergency lights activated. Deputy Harmon's unit was struck from behind by a drunk driver who left the roadway.

Deputy Harmon had served with the Stark County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 12

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

DUI, officer assistance, traffic stop

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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 Deputy Sheriff Richard Dean Harmon of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 3, 2022

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