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Every year hundreds of law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty. The month of May has been set aside nationally and by state and local officials as a time to recognize these officers and to offer our thanks for the tough job they perform every day.

Here in Allen County, the third Wednesday in May is recognized as “Law Enforcement Memorial Day” with a special noontime ceremony at the Police Memorial in front of the FOP Lodge Hall on Robb Avenue in Lima. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this moving ceremony.

The following law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Allen County:

Patrolman Phillip Gobel
Lima Police Department
Died December 30, 1902

Patrolman Phillip Droesch
Lima Police Department
Died October 25, 1918

Sheriff Jess L. Sarber
Allen County Sheriff
Died October 12, 1933

Deputy Ralph A. Harshe
Allen County Sheriff’s Office
Died September 2, 1936

Detective Charles E. Hefner
Lima Police Department
Died February 27, 1951

Patrolman Charles C. Bozeman
Lima Police Department
Died December 10, 1951

Chief Constable Clarence E. “Pop” Prince
American Township Constable
Died March 10, 1962

Patrolman William F. Brown
Lima Police Department
Died January 5, 1974

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