Local Area and Regional FOP Lodges
There are 12 local FOP Lodges in the Greater Dayton area. Eight (8) are located in Montgomery County and four (4) are located in Greene County. The first area lodge to be chartered was in Xenia. Named the Greene County FOP Lodge, it was the 37th local FOP lodge in the State of Ohio. The Dayton FOP Lodge was the next in the area to form.
Early on, officers serving on the Oakwood Public Safety Department and the police departments of Miamisburg, Osborn (later Fairborn), Kettering, Moraine and others were members of Dayton Lodge No. 44. Several of these members served on the Dayton Lodge's Executive Board. Examples would be Miamisburg Officer Wilford Sells in 1947 (trustee) and Oakwood Officer Glenn Roller, who was the Dayton Lodge Secretary in 1954, and Oakwood Officer Don Stutson, who was the Inner Guard in 1964.
Going back to 1952, Dayton Lodge President Kenneth Caplinger resigned from the Dayton Police Department to join the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. He remained the Dayton Lodge President and, in December 1953, was re-elected to the position, thus becoming the only Dayton Lodge President that served with another law enforcement agency at the time he was elected to the Executive Board. As other area police departments formed and grew in size, other area FOP lodges formed. When the Villages of Fairfield and Osborn merged to become a city, the Fairborn New City FOP Lodge No. 48 was chartered.
Over the course of time and by the 1970s, the membership of the Dayton FOP Lodge became strictly Dayton police officers as Montgomery County, Oakwood, Miamisburg, et al. began chartering their own individual FOP lodges.