Fallen Officers


Lieutenant Ron Root (August 5, 2005)

Lieutenant Ron Root served many years as the head of the Put-in-Bay Police Department Marine Patrol Division, as well as countless other responsibilities for the police department. Ron was a beloved member of the community and had a special ability to make people laugh. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he was a successful business owner. Ron was successful in his first bout with cancer, but was unable to beat it a second time. Ron passed away in his home, with his wife and family at his side. Ron's #905 badge has been retired is his honor.





K-9 Ajax (September 9, 2001)

Ajax was born in Germany on October 31, 1995. He was trained in criminal apprehension,
narcotics, tracking. and article search. Ajax was searching a building, and later became noticeably ill. A short time later, he was dead. While no actual cause is known, poisoning is suspected.




         Dispatcher Michael Sweeney        SGT. Robert Rigoni           Deputy Bruce Mettler                 Duane Dress
                                                                                                                                                                    EMT/Firefighter
             (December 9, 1983)               (December 9, 1983)         (December 9, 1983)             (December 9, 1983)


Dispatcher Michael Sweeney (Put-in-Bay Police), Sergeant Robert Rigoni (Port Clinton Police), Deputy Bruce Mettler (Ottawa County Sheriff's Office), and EMT/Firefighter Duane Dress(PIBPFD) were killed when the plane they were riding in crashed into Lake Erie. The officers were traveling to assist a police chief on a neighboring island who was suffering a heart attack. All four occupants of the plane were killed in the accident.