Officer Kenneth Knepp

Officer Kenneth Knepp

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1933

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Kenneth Knepp

Officer Kenneth Knepp was killed in a motorcycle crash on North Howard and Frederick Streets in Akron.

He was on a detail to the highway patrol when a truck turned in front of him. Officer Knepp was unable to stop and collided with the back of the truck. Other officers were following behind him and were able to pull him out of the burning wreckage. He succumbed to his injuries as soon as he arrived at St. Thomas Hospital.

The driver admitted to having a drink before driving home. He was charged with manslaughter, but was acquitted.

Officer Knepp had served with the Akron Police Department for almost eight years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years, 9 months
  • Badge 154

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

drunk driver, motor officer, motorcycle crash, routine driving

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Kenneth Knepp of the Akron Police Department, Ohio and the additional 80 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

March 3, 2024

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