LEBANON, Oh - Warren County Deputy Sheriff Brian Dulle was termed a hero during Friday's Police Memorial Observance in Lebanon.
Sgt. Dulle's name was added to six others on the permanent memorial after being killed Tuesday in Turtlecreek Township by a car fleeing from police. He was placing stop sticks on Route 42 when he was hit.
The driver of a stolen 2001 Cadillac, Marcus Anthony Isreal, 22, of Middletown, faces nine criminal charges in the case, including murder.
Warren County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Johnny Miller said Sgt. Dulle may be gone from the physical
World, but will never leave the hearts and minds of members of the community.
"There is a battle raging between good and evil. It goes on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and it never stops," he said. "You may say that on May 19 evil won, but you see evil never really wins. God is in control."
Chaplain Miller added he truly believes that law enforcers are servants of God sent here to right evil and be faithful.
Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Mike Powell told the 200 citizens and law enforcers gathered for the memorial that, just like them, he is incensed by the events of May 10th.
"I find myself wondering if the individual responsible for this tragedy ever brought any good into the world, while he certainly brought evil," Judge Powell said. "But, I can't give in to those emotions and neither can you. We have to trust in a process that it will yield justice and we have to heal because we have no other choice."
The Judge added that he feels the death of a police officer in the line of duty is almost always senseless, including the case of Brian Dulle. However, he added that does not mean it was in vain.
"Remember. Sgt. Dulle's job was to stop a fleeing fugitive and he succeeded," he said. "We don't know what mayhem may have awaited down the road if he had failed. Sgt. Dulle knew the risks and he assumed those risks."
Judge Powell urged anyone looking for profiles in courage to turn to their left or right to see the people in uniform.
Praise for the courage and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers came from Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
"As a member of the general public, there's no way we could repay these fallen heroes," he said. "What we can do and what we do do is pause and reflect on their sacrifice."
Troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol fired a 21 gun salute in honor of all seven names on the police memorial. All of their names were read as a bell tolled a single time for each one of them.
Then, Taps was sounded.
Sgt. Dulle was the seventh name added, but the first from the Warren County Sheriff's Office to die in the line of duty.