William Roland Wagner
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William Roland Wagner, the youngest sergeant on the Dayton police force, was born May 13, 1878, in Dayton. He attended the public schools and received his early training in his native city, where he has always lived. In his early days, while he was not in school, he spent his spare time playing with and studying machinery, so it followed very naturally that he sought employment in a machine shop after leaving school. He soon learned the trade of machinist and followed it until the Spanish-American War broke out. He answered the call for volunteers, enlisting in Company K, Fifth United States Infantry. He served seven months.
On returning from the front he successfully sought an appointment on the police force, being appointed patrolman on July 12, 1901. The duties of a patrolman appealed to him and he went in to win a better position. He faithfully performed his duties, winning the respect of the entire department. His ambition for a better position on the force was gratified on April 29, 1909, when he was promoted to sergeant. During the short time that he has held this position he has given the best of satisfaction. Sergeant Wagner is a member of the Jr. O. U. A. M. and the United Spanish War Veterans. He has a wife Maude, and four children, Dorothy, William, Helen and Ruth.