Chief Deputy
Joseph Bernell Bauer
Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, January 1, 1955

Age: 27
Served: 4 years
Badge #: 2
Panel 12W, Line 26
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Automobile accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, December 31, 1954
11:40 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
State Road 13 near Lake Wawasee
Incident County:
Kosciusko
Incident Township:
Turkey Creek
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse

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   Chief Deputy Joseph Bauer was killed in a two-vehicle accident while he was responding to a fire.

   An oncoming northbound vehicle crossed into his lane of traffic on State Road 13 south of Syracuse near Lake Wawasee and struck his patrol car head-on.

   Chief Deputy Bauer and a 26-year-old male passenger in the vehicle with him were killed. A married couple, ages 28 and 34, in the other vehicle were also killed and two passengers were injured.

   Chief Deputy Bauer was survived by his wife and two children. He had also served as a firefighter.


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