The Wood County Ohio Police Memorial Service was held last week, it is held annually in conjunction with the National Police Memorial Service held in Washington. This memorial service is a combined effort of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, all law enforcement agencies in Wood County and the Wood County Board of County Commissioners.
NB Police Chief Allan Baer made an address in which he said, "every year we hold this ceremony to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe. This year North Baltimore was spotlighted in honoring the two officers that gave their lives to keep the residents of North Baltimore out of harm's way. Even though it was many years ago, these brave men's loss, holds no less meaning."
NB Police Chief Allan Baer accepts the citation for the village from Commisioners Joel Kuhlman, along with Jim Carter and Doris Herringshaw - photo courtesy of Joe Fawcett
These are the local markers to the two officers. One is north of the library, the other on North Tarr at the tracks.
Ptl. Jesse Baker – North Baltimore Police Department - End Of Watch 6-19-1896 - Night Policeman Jesse Baker was shot and killed when he interrupted three burglary suspects who were attempting to break into the local post office. The suspects immediately opened fire and killed him.
Policeman Baker's bulldog, who went on patrol with him, immediately attacked and seriously injured one of the suspects. However, all three men fled the scene but were eventually apprehended.
All three suspects were found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. One was pardoned by Governor Harmon on December 24, 1909.
Back on 2/27/2012 NBX received this comment from a reader (in part): I just found this site a few days ago. Jesse Baker was my great-grandfather's brother. From the newspaper accounts, Jesse died about 4 a.m. Sunday morning, June 21, 1896, not the 19th as on the marker. I am in contact with a lady who is trying to get the information corrected on the Officer Down Memorial Page. Would anyone know when the marker was placed there? (We do not have info on the placement) What a wonderful tribute. Thanks, Mary Gillett
Marshal Jay Davis – North Baltimore Police Department - End Of Watch 7-18-1932 - Marshal Davis was shot and killed, in 1932, by one of three brothers who were outlaws. One of the men had been arrested, but the other two escaped from authorities and fled to North Baltimore. Marshal Davis encountered the two men in an alley off of Main Street and was shot and killed. Although wounded, he was able to return fire and killed one of the suspects. The second suspect escaped but was later shot and killed by police in South Bend, Indiana.
For a complete list of the Honor Roll of Wood County’s Fallen Officers visit: http://www.ohiofop109.com/