Major Joseph LeBlanc

Major Joseph LeBlanc

Portage County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, September 13, 1976

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Joseph LeBlanc

Major Joseph LeBlanc was killed in an automobile crash on State Route 59 in Ravenna Township.

A county truck turned in front of him, causing a collision, which resulted in his patrol car bursting into flames. Several witnesses attempted to help him and were burned when the car exploded.

Major LeBlanc served as the department's public relations officer and had been promoted to major one hour prior to the accident.

Major LeBlanc was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran and served with the Portage County Sheriff's Department for three months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash

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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 Major Joseph LeBlanc of the Portage County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 81 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 13, 2023

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