LISBON - Six historical inductees will be added to the Ohio Fallen Officers' Memorial Wall today, including three men who served in Columbiana County.
The event honors the memory of Ohio peace officers killed in the line of duty both this year and in the past. Three local men are among those which were nominated by their departments and will be added to the memorial, which is a tribute to 762 police officers killed in the line of duty since 1823.
From Salem there will be two patrolmen, Charles Miller and Edward D. Piller, inducted historically. From the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office, Chief Deputy James F. Elliott will also be added historically.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Miller was shot and killed arresting a burglary suspect in April 1908. The same source notes Piller was killed in a motorcycle accident while driving one of the department's motorcycles with the mayor on the back in April 1936. Elliott reportedly was crushed between a car and tree while attempting to arrest a traffic violator in April 1930.
Their names will be recognized along with historical inductees Deputy Rea C. Horlocker, Delaware County Sheriff's Office; Sheriff Fred Sperber, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Constable Joseph Rigney, Rome Township Police Department.
The final addition today will be the name of Akron Police Officer Jonathan Russell "Russ" Long, who died from injuries suffered while on duty last summer.
The 27th Annual Ohio Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony is being held in London, Ohio, this morning with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine present.