CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police announced Monday they retired two badge numbers belonging to the only two department officers who died while serving in the military.
No one ever will wear the numbers again out of respect and honor for the men's ultimate sacrifice, just in time for Veterans Day on Tuesday, said retired Cincinnati police Lt. Steve Kramer, president of the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.
Badge Number 146 was originally issued to Motor Patrolman Earle H. Biddle Jr. in 1939, and Badge Number 394 was given to Police Officer Anthony Campbell Jr.
Biddle was killed in action while serving as a medical corpsman in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and Campbell was killed by an IED in Afghanistan in 2009.
Both received medals as a result of their heroic actions.
The historical society officially requested the retirement of the badge and badge numbers in October. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell granted the request less than two weeks later, Kramer said.
Biddle's badge will be presented to Biddle's daughter Joan Ries, who resides in Wilmington OH, in a special ceremony.
Police Officer Anthony R. Bischoff, to whom badge 146 was last assigned, voluntarily surrendered it back to the police department when he heard about Biddle's heroism and its historical significance.
Officer Bischoff had worn the badge for 10 years. Badge 394 had not yet been reassigned.
Only 21 badge numbers have been retired out of the more than 1,250 badge numbers issued to the city's 10,000 or so past and present law enforcement officers, according to Kramer.