Deputy Sheriff
Eugene W. 'Sparky' Snyder
Wayne County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, December 2, 1945

Age: 26
Served: 1 month
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Automobile accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, December 2, 1945
05:45 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 35 east of New Westville, Ohio
Incident County:
Preble
Incident Township:
Jackson
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Saint Andrew Cemetery, Richmond

   Deputy Sheriff Eugene Snyder was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 near New Westville, Ohio.

   While conducting an investigation and traveling westbound from Eaton en route to New Paris, their squad car was struck by an eastbound vehicle attempting to pass another vehicle near a curve.

   When the deputies failed to arrive at the destination, the Preble County sheriff who had proceeded ahead of them, followed the route and found the accident.

   Deputy Snyder, who was a passenger, was killed instantly of a broken neck. The other deputy and both occupants of the other vehicle were injured but survived.

   Deputy Snyder was survived by his wife, young son, mother, sister and brother.

Military Service


United States Navy
World War II

Historical Note

• Deputy Sheriff Snyder is one of eight Indiana line of duty death incidents that occurred in another state.

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This officer, discovered in 2019, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.


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