Deputy Sheriff Bruce E. Mettler

Deputy Sheriff Bruce E. Mettler

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 9, 1983

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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.


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  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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As I have for years, a mass is being offered in your memory. You'll never be forgotten by me or my family. Rest in Peace, humble Hero.

Retired Chief Daniel Lackey
Medina Life Support Team

December 9, 2020

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