Patrolman Leonard Lamatrice

Patrolman Leonard Lamatrice

Steubenville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, July 21, 1972

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Leonard Lamatrice

Patrolman Leonard Lamatrice was killed as the result of burns sustained after he and Patrolman Thomas McGough responded to an accident on Stony Hollow Boulevard. A tanker truck had overturned on the bottom of a hill. As the two officers exited their patrol car the spilled gasoline caught fire and both officers were engulfed by the flames.

Patrolman Lamatrice died of his injuries five weeks after the accident. Patrolman McGough suffered burns over 75 percent of his body and died six weeks later.

Patrolman Lamatrice was a US Army veteran and had served with the Steubenville Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, parents, sister, and brother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 27, 1972

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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 Patrolman Leonard Lamatrice of the Steubenville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 21, 2021

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