Remembering Deputy Sheriff Joshua Hamilton: A Tragic Loss to Preble County

In a tragic turn of events, Deputy Sheriff Joshua Hamilton of the Preble County Sheriff’s Office lost his life in a severe vehicle crash. The accident occurred on Ohio State Route 503 at approximately 4:00 a.m. This sudden and unfortunate incident has left a profound impact on the community he served.

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The Incident

Travelling southbound, Deputy Hamilton was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Despite being rushed to Kettering Preble ER in Eaton, he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, identified as Michael Gayhart II, also tragically lost his life in the accident.

A Dedicated Servant of the Community

At the age of 34, Deputy Sheriff Joshua Hamilton was known for his commitment and dedication to his duties. His loss is deeply felt by his colleagues at the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and by the community he tirelessly worked to protect.

Official Statements

Ohio Attorney General Yost expressed his condolences, acknowledging Deputy Hamilton’s death as a line-of-duty casualty. The Preble County Sheriff’s Office also released a statement, identifying their fallen brother and mourning the loss of both lives in the crash.


The untimely demise of Deputy Joshua Hamilton serves as a stark reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face every day in their commitment to safeguarding their communities. As we mourn this tragic loss, we pay tribute to Deputy Hamilton’s service and extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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