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Line of Duty - Night Marshal Neal D. Fowler

Neal Fowler
Night Marshal
Neal D. Fowler
07/20/1889 - 12/06/1938
Neal Fowler

Night Marshal Neal D. Fowler

“We will never forget”

Marshal Neal Fowler was killed about 3:00am on December 6th, 1938 as the result of a running gun battle between Fowler and 19-year-old Rex Bush of Mentone, IN. Bush had robbed the Freeman Billings gas station and garage on McPherson Highway in Clyde, taking 5 gallons of gasoline for the stolen vehicle he was driving and 73 cents from the attendant 18 year old James Billings, who he told to stay away from the phone for ten minutes as he left. After Billings called Clyde and Fremont Police, Officer Fowler responded to the garage and was interviewing Billings when Bush, who had lost his way and stole two new license plates, drove by the station and Fowler gave chase. The Bush vehicle and Fowlers patrol vehicle were traveling side-by-side east bound on U.S. Route 20 (McPherson Highway) as shots were fired between the vehicles.

Witness Charles Ross of Green Springs told officers Fowler’s police cruiser slid off the side of the road and he discovered the officer had been shot in the face. Sandusky County Coroner D. W. Philo later advised Fowler had been shot in the face with a 16-gage shotgun killing him instantly.

Rex Bush continued eastbound and was stopped by 39 year old Bellevue Police Officer Harry Andrews, whom Bush also attempted to shoot but his weapon malfunctioned. Later the Bellevue Police found out Bush had shot Officer Fowler.

Rex Bush was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in the Ohio Penitentiary. Governor James A. Rhodes later commuted his conviction to second degree murder. He was paroled on October 7, 1965.

Officer Fowler’s life and death are remembered each year during the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Week in May, and his name is etched on the Police Memorial in Washington, D.C. that was dedicated in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.

Officer Fowler is the first and only Clyde Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. In 1988, the 50th anniversary of his untimely death, Chief Daniel E. Weaver dedicated a plaque to Officer Fowler and his family that stands surrounded by brick in the yard of the Clyde Municipal Building.

Rex Bush

Rex Bush was released from prison in the 1990’s and would be over 80 years old if he is still alive.

Fallen Officer - Andrew Scott Dunn

Andrew Dunn
Police Officer
Andrew Dunn
03/11/1981 - 03/19/2011

Sandusky Police Officer Andy Dunn was shot and killed while attempting to question a suspect.

Officer Dunn was patrolling near Tyler Street and Hayes Avenue when he saw a suspect riding his bike in the street with no lights. Officer Dunn tried to speak to the suspect, but the suspect evaded the officer and kept riding. Officer Dunn then turned on his overhead lights and pulled the suspect over.

As Officer Dunn exited the cruiser, he noticed that the suspect had his hand in his pocket and asked him to show his hands. At that point the suspect opened fire and Officer Dunn was hit with five rounds. Though critically wounded, Officer Dunn managed to raise his gun and return fire, emptying 12 rounds from his .40-caliber Glock service pistol at the suspect, who ran away, but was struck twice in the arm.

Back up officers arrived at the scene soon after the shooting and paramedics transported Officer Dunn to the hospital where he passed away.

The subject was apprehended nearby. In August 2012 he was convicted of Officer Dunn's murder and sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole or judicial release.

Dunn was hired by the Clyde Police Department on September 9th, 2007 and resigned on May 1st, 2008 for employment with the Sandusky Police Department where he served for three years until his passing. He is survived by his wife, two sons, parents, two sisters, step-mother, and two step-siblings.

Police Cruisers

Clyde Police Cruiser

2014 Ford Explorer

Clyde Police Cruiser

2011 Ford Crown Victoria

Clyde Police Cruiser

2003 Ford Crown Victoria

Clyde Police Cruiser

1995 Chevy Caprice

Clyde Police Cruiser

1995 Chevy Caprice - D.A.R.E

Clyde Police Cruiser

1994 Ford Crown Victoria

Clyde Police Cruiser

1990 Ford Crown Victoria - D.A.R.E

Clyde Police Cruiser

1986 Ford Crown Victoria

Clyde Police Cruiser

1941 Patrol Car

Photo Courtesy of Dean Auxter