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 June We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)


Richard Fickeisen:  EOW – Monday, June 1st, 1987

Patrolman Richard Fickeisen was a nineteen-year Division veteran when he was shot in the back on the morning of July 11, 1974.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. that morning, Officer Fickeisen arrived at 413 N. Virginia Lee Road to serve a warrant.  He parked his cruiser and entered the building.  When no one answered the door at the apartment named on the warrant, Officer Fickeisen exited the building and headed back to his cruiser.  As he passed a man on the sidewalk, the man suddenly drew a revolver and fired, hitting Officer Fickeisen in the spine with a .38 caliber bullet.

Officer Fickeisen was paralyzed from the waist down.  He underwent numerous operations and suffered ongoing medical problems until he died in 1987 as a direct result of his injuries.

Sergeant Dale McCann:  EOW – Friday, June 7th, 1974

Sergeant McCann suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of several fleeing suspects. After chasing the vehicle the suspects fled on foot with Sergeant McCann in pursuit. He had caught one of the suspects and as he handcuffed him he suffered the heart attack.

Sergeant McCann had been with the agency for 19 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Patrolman Daniel Davis:  EOW – June 7th, 1905

As night headquarters patrolman, Daniel received a call that prowlers were burglarizing a home on East Broad Street. Responding to the summons, he was shot by one of the intruders and died in the patrol wagon en route to St. Francis Hospital.

Frank Caster, Flint, Michigan, one of the burglars who escaped by leaping from the roof of the home, injured his ankle and was captured by another policeman with Davis and was later convicted of murder. He was electrocuted in the Ohio Penitentiary.

Patrolman Davis had been with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife.

Patrolman Frank Ward:  EOW – Friday, June 9th, 1911

Patrolman Frank P. Ward came on the Police Force May 8, 1911 and just one month later on June 9, after being made a full fledged patrolman, was shot and killed by one Charles Glass on Lehman Street.

With another officer, Patrolman Ward had gone to the Glass home on a complaint of a fight in which Glass was threatening a relative with a shotgun. Glass shot Officer Ward in the head with a blast from the gun, and as the patrolman went down, he fired, wounding his murderer in the hip.

Patrolman Joseph Lavendar:  EOW – Thursday, June 26th, 1913

Patrolman Joseph Lavender He was struck from behind by a streetcar at Broad and Mitchell Streets and pushed in front of the car for 20 feet. He suffered a crushed chest and head injuries and died without regaining consciousness a few minutes after he was taken to Mt. Carmel Hospital.

He had served with the agency for only two months.