OSP Remembers Trooper Killed Feb 25, 1973

Written by on February 25, 2020

The Ohio State Highway Patrol remembered the life of a trooper who died in the line of duty on this date (February 25) in 1973.


Patrolman David L. Sterner, a member of the Findlay Post, was in pursuit of a speeding motorist on State Route 15 in Hancock County when another driver pulled across State Route 37 directly in his path. 


In attempting to avoid a collision with the vehicle on 37, the officer lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a culvert.


He was 21 years old and a graduate of the 95th Academy Class in June of 1972.

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