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Addendum for a Fallen Trooper

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…Later that year, on September 27, tragedy directly
struck the Division in the loss of Patrolman George A.
Conn of the New Philadelphia Post. Conn was not the
first patrolman to die on duty – there had been five killed before; four in car or motorcycle crashes and one was electrocuted.

However, Conn was the first Patrol officer to be shot and killed.

Conn left his post that day to serve a warrant to a man
from Freeport who failed to appear in court. According to
an October 3, 1937, Sunday Star (Columbus) article:

“At 7:45 Tuesday morning, Officer Hall at the New
Philadelphia barracks reported to Cambridge that his
buddy, Conn, had not slept in his bed. Lt. Bouten immediately
checked with the village of Gilmore, where Conn
was supposed to go that morning.
“Although Lt. Bouten was beginning to worry, he
merely asked the Gilmore operator to see if there was a
uniformed highway patrolman in the village and, if there
was, to have him call Cambridge…“

Reports (of Conn’s abandoned patrol car along Route
8 near Freeport) brought Sgts. D.D. Stark and R.T. Summers
(sic) to the scene with all the men they could locate.
They were alarmed for two reasons: The ignition key being
left in the switch was a violation of department regulations,
and the fact that the radio had been left on so long
that the battery had run down indicated involuntary disappearance
on the part of Conn.”

Officers determined at that time that someone wiped
the car clean of fingerprint evidence.

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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