Joshua Hamilton’s cause of death has been revealed!

In a tragic turn of events, Preble County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Hamilton was killed in a violent vehicle crash. The crash occurred around 4 a.m. on Ohio State Route 503. This sudden and unfortunate event left a profound impact on the community it served.


Deputy Hamilton, who was traveling southbound, collided head-on with another vehicle. Although he was taken to Kettering Preble Emergency Room in Eaton, he died from his injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, identified as Michael Gayhart II, also tragically died in the accident.

Special Servant of Society

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

Official Statements

Ohio Attorney General Yost acknowledged Deputy Hamilton’s death was a line-of-duty accident and offered his condolences. The Preble County Sheriff’s Office also released a statement identifying their deceased brother and mourning the loss of both lives in the crash.


The untimely death of Deputy Joshua Hamilton is a stark reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face every day in their commitment to protecting their communities. As we mourn this tragic loss, we acknowledge Deputy Hamilton’s service and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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