New Bench Honors Fallen University Police Officer

Like many features and objects on the campus of the Ohio State University a new bench has been installed in honor of a deserving Buckeye.

The new bench recently installed at the front of Blankenship Hall at the main campus of the Ohio State University is intended to honor the only member of the Ohio State police department to be killed in the line of duty.

On February 10, 1997 Officer Michael Blankenship was responding to a suspicious person call near the Wexner Center for the Arts. Blankenship was shot by the suspect who committed suicide themselves only days later.

The new bench is an additional honor to Blankenship’s service and resides on the grounds of the building that already bears his name.

The dedication came as part of National Police Week. The Ceremony honored all officers killed in the line of duty along with Blankenship.