Patrolman Jerry R. Neff

Patrolman Jerry R. Neff

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, January 30, 1974

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Jerry R. Neff

Patrolman Jerry Neff was killed when a suspect driving a stolen vehicle recklessly, drove off of a highway overpass and crashed into Patrolman Neff's patrol car below. The suspect car landed on top of the patroll car. The incident occurred at the I-71 / US Route 62 junction.

The 19-year-old driver was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. His 20-year-old passenger was charged with vehicular homicide and motor vehicle theft.

Patrolman Neff was assigned to the Circleville Post at the time of the incident. He was survived by his wife, three children, and father.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 932/1151

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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I was one of three Franklin County Deputies that responded to this incident. I have never forgotten the senselessness of it. US 62 was subsequently named the Jerry Neff Memorial Highway in that area. I drive through it regularly and cannot forget it 47 years later. Thank you for your service to Ohio. I hope your fellow Officers, Deputies and Troopers did right by your example and did our best to hold the line after your watch ended.

Michael Creamer
Chief Deputy, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Retired

February 2, 2021

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