Patrolman Earl W. Casterline | Ohio State Highway Patrol

Patrolman Earl Casterline and his badge
Patrolman Earl Casterline and his badge

Badge 400/541
Age: 25
Served: 1½ Years
May 9, 1952, to October 19, 1953

 

Earl joined the Navy at 18, near the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged on July 14, 1946. He re-enlisted to fight in the Korean Conflict where he served as a Seaman 1st Class on the “fightingest ship in the fleet”, the USS Essex aircraft carrier. He was again honorably discharged on September 15, 1950. He then applied and was appointed to the Ohio State Patrol in 1952.

On October 19, 1953, Patrolman Casterline, of 7120 Plainville Road in Deer Park, drove his patrol car on Kemper Road in Sharonville, Ohio. As he crossed the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, a train obscured from him by trees and shrubs struck his patrol car. In the crash, he suffered a fractured skull and intracranial hemorrhage. He was transported to General Hospital, in Cincinnati, and pronounced dead on arrival.

Patrolman Casterline's badge in the above photo, but possibly not the one he was assigned when he died.
Patrolman Casterline’s badge in the above photo, but possibly not the one he was assigned when he died.

Patrolman Casterline was survived by a wife Carol Casterline and a daughter. He was buried in Rest Haven Cemetery on October 22, 1953.

If you have information, artifacts, archives, or images regarding this officer or incident, please contact the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum at Director@police-museum.org.

 

This narrative was revised on December 10, 2011 by Cincinnati Police Lietuenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Soceity President, predominantly from the Ohio State Patrol’s Memorial website. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.