Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Mendina

Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Mendina

Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, March 4, 1956

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Thomas W. Mendina

Deputy Mendina was struck and killed by a driver while stopping to assist another officer who was checking two suspicious men on K-32. As Deputy Mendina stepped out of his patrol car and joined the other officer they both were struck. The other officer suffered a broken arm.

The 21-year-old driver, who fled from the scene, was later arrested and tried for manslaughter. His first trial ended with a hung jury. His second trial ended when the judge declared a mistrial. In November of 1958 the driver was sentenced to 115 days in jail after he was involved in another accident while his license was revoked.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Thank you for your service. Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Mendina will never be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

June 17, 2018

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