Deputy Sheriff Bruce E. Mettler

Deputy Sheriff Bruce E. Mettler

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 9, 1983

Bruce E. Mettler

Deputy Sheriff Bruce Mettler, Sergeant Robert Rigoni of the Port Clinton Police Department, and Dispatcher Michael Sweeney of the Put-in-Bay Police Department were killed when the plane they were riding in crashed into Lake Erie.

The officers were travelling to assist a police chief on a neighboring island who was suffering a heart attack. All four occupants of the plane were killed in the accident.

Deputy Mettler was a U.S. Army veteran.

Bio

  • Age Not available
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  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Bruce E. Mettler of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

December 9, 2018

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