The children of the late Orville Rosenstengel visited Vandalia last week to see the window display honoring the Vandalia Police Department and their father, who was killed serving the public around 50 years ago.
Several old photos and older equipment recently donated by the Vandalia Police Department is visible in the tribute to the department through the many years of service to the Vandalia community.
The display also includes a list of city marshals and police chiefs who have served the town since 1874.
Family members expressed their appreciation to those currently working in the Vandalia Police Department as well as “The Vandalia Leader” for recent coverage regarding tributes made by officers to the late Orville Rosenstengel.
Rosenstengel’s children attending the event include Warren Rosenstengel, Neal Rosenstengel, and Delores Hogue.
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Orville Rosenstengel lost his life on November 18, 1960 after receiving a call from a Ralls County resident that there was a prowler in the area. Though he was off duty at the time, Rosenstengel drove his own car, as his police cruiser was in the shop for repairs, and went to the residence. He apprehended William Thompson, who he did not know was a criminal as he didn’t have a police radio in his personal vehicle. He took Thompson to the Vandalia Police Department in his own car where Rosenstengel was shot in the chest and killed.
Orville left behind a wife and three children, two of which were still dependents. Since he was off duty, his family was not entitled to full death benefits. Thompson was arrested and sentenced to 99 years in prison, where he eventually died.