On Monday, William Bullard and Richard Dodelin were alive.
But on Tuesday, the day that roads were blocked and schools were locked down and a helicopter buzzed the treetops, William was dead before the sun came up and Richard was gone before it went down.
This is the story of two men and how their lives suddenly ended.
Similarities and differences
Richard F. Dodelin was a Columbus trial attorney in his early 40s. His father is a prominent lawyer who specializes in trying DUI cases. His grandfather was a well-known orthopedic surgeon.
William Bullard was also from Columbus, and in his early 40s. His father died about 10 years ago. His grandfather ran a grocery story on St. Marys Road.
People called Richard “Richie.” People called William “William.”
What did William do? Well, he had a master’s in education and he was a registered plumber. He used to be a substitute special ed teacher, worked at a swap shop and lately he’d been working for his uncle’s construction company. Sometimes he played guitar.
“He was the type that didn’t like to be stuck in one place,” his mother would say.
He laughed a lot and he was a big, strong guy who kept in shape.
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