Motor Patrolman Willard H. Santel | Reading Motorcycle Patrolman

readpatchAge: 23
Served: 1½ years

On May 8, 1945, Patrolman Santel, of 218 East Columbia Avenue, while on a motorcycle, pursued a violator on Old Wright Highway (now Interstate 75) when he crashed into a retaining wall in Lockland. Suffering from a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula, he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.

While hospitalized, he developed bilateral pneumonia and died May 29, 1945.

Patrolman Santel left a wife, Patricia Santel, who was pregnant at the time with their only child – later named Sylvia Santel. Though he was only 23, his father, mother, and brother preceded him in death. He was buried on June 2, 1945, in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery with his family.

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This narrative was revised on May 28, 2010 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer, Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Soceity.