Deputy Sheriff Emil R. Kleinwaechter

Deputy Sheriff Emil R. Kleinwaechter

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, July 16, 1962

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Emil R. Kleinwaechter

Deputy Sheriff Emil Kleinwaechter was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic around the scene of a serious accident on Wooster Pike, east of Newtown Road.

He had tended to the injured citizen and then set out flares to warn oncoming traffic. He and another officer were directing traffic around the wreckage when another car entered the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle struck Deputy Kleinwaechter, killing him instantly and throwing his body 87 feet.

The driver of the car that struck him was convicted of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to prison.

Deputy Kleinwaechter was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene, directing traffic

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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 Emil R. Kleinwaechter of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 87 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer

July 16, 2023

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