Steve Whalen
-- Dayton police officer killed in the line of duty

Law Enforcement

Line of duty

  On March 21, 1991 Dayton Police officer William Steven Whalen was shot and killed in the line of duty. His assailant, Karl Vultee, was sentenced to life in prison.
Full name: William Steven Whalen
Background: Police Officer, 2nd District, East Dayton and SE Dayton, Dayton Police Department; member, Fraternal Order of Police, John C. Post Lodge #44; member, Southeast Priority Board; member, Dayton Baptist Temple; active in The Neighborhood Council Meetings. Began his career as a NAO. Had received his 15-year pin as a police officer.
Family: Parents, William O. and Helen Inskeep Whalen of Dayton, Ohio
Close friend: Margaret Manning of Dayton, Ohio
Marriage: Not married
Education: Graduate of Belmont High School, Dayton, Ohio.
Death Killed Friday, March 21, 1991. Died at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. Age 38; born ca 1953.
Funeral: March 26, 1991, Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road at Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek, Ohio
Burial: March 26, 1991, Mt. Zion Park Cemetery, Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek, Ohio.

The shooting:

Steve Whalen and Lt. Randy Beane, were shot March 21, 1991 while trying to apprehend a subject suspected of shooting through the door of a local hotel room. The suspect was spotted outside Herbert's Bar at 521 Xenia Ave., Dayton, and subsequently shot Whalen and Lt Randy Beane with a PR- 15 assault weapon. Lt. Beane received fragment wounds in both legs, but recovered.

Officer Whalen died in surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Karl Vultee, the suspect, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder under the tough-on-crime legislation.

Road named for Whalen:

The Hamilton-Wyoming Connector, constructed in the early 1970s and opened October 1971, was subsequently renamed the Steve Whalen Boulevard by the city on March 11, 1992 after the Southeast Priority Board voted to support renaming it. The ceremony was held May 2, 1992. The signs were officially changed October 14, 1992. The project included grassy medians, new catch basins and storm sewers and was funded by a $380,000 federal Community Development Block Grant.


Awards and memorials given in Steve Whalen's memory: Top Flight Program, Community Policing Award Heart with photo on Tree of Grief Memorial plaque presented to community by Belmont H.S. Principal Terry Sheffield commemorating both Steve Whalen and Patrick Yahle, a fireman with the Dayton Fire Depatment. Officer William "Steve" Whalen Memorial Fund, administered by the Dayton Foundation.

Lt Beane in July of 1995 appeared in a television commercial with President Clinton advocating a ban on assault weapons. An internal police investigation was launched to determine if Lt. Beane violated city or police regulations which prohibit police from appearing in political advertisements. Support of anti-crime legislation and the Brady bill controlling the sale of guns was advocated strongly in the Dayton area after Steve Whalen's death.

Researched and compiled by Sasha Stanley, Dayton Daily News Library,
Nov. 1, 1995

References:Dayton Daily News photo files
Dayton DailyNews 3/22, 3t23, 3/24, 3/30, 4/13, 4/16, 5/1, 5/2, 5/11, 5/18, 5122, 6/3, 10/14, 1991
Dayton Daily News 2/5, 316, 1992
Dayton Daily News 2/3, 4/27, 515, 5/11, 6/23, 1993
Dayton Daily News 4/26, 5/15, 7/6, 1994
Dayton Daily News 6/14, 61/27, 7/1, 1995.
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