In 1966, Dale Spur served as deputy sheriff in Portridge (Ohio). This is a former artilleryman and a participant in the Korean War. Usually he went on the night shift with a partner - Wilburne Neff. We are talking about an ordinary police officer, who was waiting for his wife and two sons at home. But that all changed on the morning of April 17, 1966.
Around 5 am, the radio reported an abandoned vehicle on the highway 224. When the police (Spur and Neffit) arrived at the designated location, Spur noticed a floating object in the sky with bright lights that rose above the forest trees. Neff saw him, and then several more policemen.
On Monday morning, the whole city knew about what had happened.
The shape of a UFO resembled a cone of ice cream with a pointed tip. In addition, the object was buzzing like a “overloaded transformer”. The closer the police were from him, the more warmth they felt.
The vehicle moved east from the road 224. The police reported by radio about what they saw, and received orders to move after the object. The persecution began. Interestingly, the UFO stopped at every traffic light. It slowed down when police cars braked, and accelerated if Spur pressed on the gas. As a result, four police officers were chasing the UFO until the cars ran out of gas. The strange object whirled around a little more and disappeared. While Spur was getting home, the story was already published in local newspapers. As a result, they started calling him from the national news services, people wrote letters, and the local people just laughed at him.
Son James Spur
Neff reacted calmly to the event and ignored ridicule, but Spur was so nervous that he lost weight, he closed himself and experienced an emotional breakdown. He ended up refusing to go out, lost his job for 6 months, and his wife left him, taking two children.
After a few years, his life slowly began to return to normal. He visited the show “Good Morning America”, reestablished contact with children who had already forgotten about their father. He married again, opened a diner, where he not only offered food, but also told a story about a meeting with a UFO.
Dale Spur died April 4, 1983 after a prolonged pneumonia that developed against the background of the flu. His son, James Spur from his first marriage, said that a huge number of strangers gathered to him at the funeral, who believed in his father. James Spur told reporters:
“I believe that father saw something extraterrestrial. The UFO hung over his car, burned with bright lights and radiated heat. Do not forget that his father went through the war and served in the Air Force. I think he would be able to distinguish the plane, the bird and the optical illusion from something not seen before. Moreover ... Father and Neff filmed everything on camera in a police car and managed to take dozens of shots. But all the negatives were confiscated by the representatives of the Blue Book ”.
* The Blue Book is a systematic research project on UFO reports, organized by the US Air Force (1952-1969).