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West Carrollton honors police officer killed in the line of duty

West Carrollton is renaming a street in honor of a police officer who died in the line of duty 35 years ago.

Patrolman Frederick Beard is being honored as the city designates a street that runs past the police department “Officer Fred Beard Way.”

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Slonaker Drive between Cedar and Elm streets will bear the name of Beard, according to a resolution approved by West Carrollton City Council.

Beard was 35 years old when he killed while on duty in a traffic accident during pursuit of a robbery suspect on Feb. 16, 1983. He was struck by a tractor trailer and killed.

The suspect’s vehicle stopped on Interstate 75 and, as Beard exited his patrol car, the officer was struck by the semi. The suspect Beard was chasing was apprehended and sentenced to 81 years in prison, records show.

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