Patrolman Paul John Metzger

Patrolman Paul John Metzger

Kettering Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 3, 1972

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Paul John Metzger

Patrolman Paul Metzger was killed in an automobile crash at West Dorothy Lane and Patterson Boulevard while responding to assist a security guard who had apprehended a shoplifting suspect.

During the response Patrolman Metzger's patrol car hydroplaned on the wet road surface and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

Patrolman Metzger was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Kettering Police Department for just under three years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years, 11 months
  • Badge 43
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, shoplifting

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Patrolman Metzger,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 3, 2022

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