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Hero Down: Wyandot County Deputy Daniel Kin Dies In Crash While Transporting Inmate

Columbus, OH – Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Deputy Daniel “Dan” Kin died in the line of duty on Dec. 15 after his vehicle was struck by a pickup truck as he was transporting an inmate.

The fatal collision occurred in Pickaway County near State Route 104 and State Route 56 shortly after 11 a.m., WBNS reported.

As Deputy Kin was driving northbound on Route 104 with an inmate in his WCSO transport van, a 2010 Dodge Ram traveling eastbound on Route 56 slammed into his driver’s door, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Deputy Kin, 34, was airlifted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he succumbed to his injuries, WBNS reported.

The man driving the Dodge Ram was transported to the same hospital and is expected to recover.

A four-year-old girl who was riding in the pickup was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in unknown condition, according to WBNS reported.

The inmate Deputy Kin was transporting was taken to OhioHealth Berger Hospital with unspecified injuries.

It is unclear whether any criminal charges will be filed in connection with the deadly collision.

Deputy Kin began his law enforcement career serving with the Carey Police Department, and later spent seven years working for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, according to his obituary.

He joined the WCSO in October of last year, the WCSO said in a Facebook post.

“Dan was such a positive person with an awesome smile,” the sheriff’s office said. “He will be greatly missed.”

Deputy Kin leaves behind his wife, Erin, and his children, Arlo and Jaxon, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his father, stepmother, sisters, in-laws, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Deputy Kin will be laid to rest on Dec. 22.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel “Dan” Kin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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