Welcome to the Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard.

Here we honor our fallen Heroes of The City of Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

5K Memorial Run

8th Annual 5K Walk and Run and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run!!



Friday, October 2nd or Saturday, October 3rd, 2020! 

We Can’t Make This Event Happen Without You!



All swag will be mailed to you!  No packet pick up this year! 

5K Run – Shirt and Runner’s Medal

1 Mile Fun Run –  Runner’s Medal

The Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard will be hosting our 8th Annual 5K Memorial Walk/Run. This year to keep everyone safe, we will be running it virtually. Please join us on Friday, October 2nd or Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, for our 1 Mile Kids Fun Run and the 8th Annual 5K Memorial Walk/Run in honor of all our officers that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Because we are virtual this year, you have the option of when, where, and how you run the race!  It’s all up to you!  You post your run/walk time and sit back and wait for your swag to arrive!


The City of Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard is a 501(3)c non-profit organization composed completely of volunteer Columbus Police Officers and Command Staff whose primary mission is to participate at funeral services for active, retired, and reserve officers, as well as active and retired civilian police personnel. These special men and women also act as representatives of the Division of Police in various community events. The Honor Guard is primarily self-funded, and relies on very limited public funds for its maintenance and operation.  These funds are for ceremonial equipment, scholarships the organization donates to, transportation, and upkeep on the Police Memorials at Genoa Park, the Columbus Police Academy, and Columbus Police Headquarters.  In case of the tragic loss of a fallen officer, the Honor Guard also sends representation to the National Police Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. as the Fallen Officers’ names are added. They also fund the Fallen Heroes’ names being placed on their own Memorial Wall at Genoa Park, and the Memorials at the Columbus Police Academy and Columbus Police Headquarters, amongst many other expenses.

Most recently, in May 2017, members of the Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard headed to our Nation’s Capital to add their own Fallen Hero’s name, Officer Steven M. Smith, and historic Officer John Manning and Chief Frederick F. Kundts to the National Police Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Their names can also be viewed on their own Memorial Wall at Genoa Park in their honor.

In Memory

  This page is dedicated to the Fallen Ohio Officers of the Columbus Division of Police and their dedication to protect and serve.  May we never forget……..


It is not how these officers died that made them heroes it is how they lived.  

 Vivian Eney, Survivor

Click Here To See Columbus Division of Police Fallen Officers’ Stories

In October We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)

Patrolman Leslie Green – End of Watch:  October 4th, 1931

Patrolman Leslie Green was shot and killed by an auto theft suspect.

He and another officer responded with the patrol wagon to where the suspect had been arrested and was being held by another officer. The man was given permission to retrieve his coat from his car. Instead he grabbed a pistol and opened fire killing Patrolman Green and wounding his partner. The arresting officer subdued the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison January 15th, 1932.

Patrolman Green had been with the agency for three years.

Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Kipfinger – End of watch: October 13th, 1969

Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Kipfinger was shot and killed while attempting to intervene in a robbery in progress.

Auxiliary Officer Kipfinger was off duty when he heard a call about the robbery on his scanner. Realizing he was close to the store he went to the location to offer assistance. As he entered the store he was shot by the suspect, who was attempting to flee.

The 16 year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death June 11, 1970. Two years later the Ohio Supreme Court commuted his sentence to life. He was paroled in 1988. On October 19, 2009, he was arrested when he punched a woman who confronted him when he took her purse and cell phone from her car in Franklinton, Ohio. It was his 7th felony charge since his release. On December 10, 2010, he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Auxiliary Officer Kipfinger had served with the Columbus Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Detective Charles E. Tiller – End of Watch:  October 28th, 1920

Detective Charles Tiller was shot and killed by suspected bootleggers at a saloon on Maple and Armstrong Streets. As the bootlegger entered the place, Tiller asked to see the contents of a basket the man was carrying. At that moment, the suspect drew a gun and pumped two shots into the officer’s body.

Detective Tiller died in Protestant Hospital just as he was being placed on the operating table. His assailant fled after the shooting.  One of the suspects was convicted of Detective Tiller’s murder and was executed on September 30, 1921.

Detective Tiller had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and stepdaughter.


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Located in the Columbus Division of Police Training Academy

1000 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Monday – Friday




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