Forever our heroes, but only if we remember.
For the twenty families whose heroes’ names are engraved on this Memorial, the memory of their sacrifice is always fresh. The survivor families need no monument, their loved ones memories live on in their hearts always. The West Park community and its future generations will see this Memorial and remember the stories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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Patrolman Otto Mosholder | End of Watch: 12/10/1936
Otto Mosholder was assisting another officer who was investigating the actions of two suspicious persons. Unknown to the officers, these males were armed and without warning fired their weapons at both officers. Mosholder was struck and later died from his gunshot wounds.
Patrolman William J. Greller | End of Watch: 9/18/64
William Greller and his partner were responding to what they though was a routine call of a theft, but in reality it was a robbery in progress. Greller was shot at point blank range and died from his wounds. His partner was also wounded but was able to return fire and kill the suspect. The officer recovered from his wounds.
Patrolman Frank Humr | End of Watch: 10/29/1965
Frank Humr was assigned to the motorcycle unit and on routine patrol when he began pursuing a speeding motorist and his motorcycle was suddenly struck by another vehicle. Humr died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
Patrolman Louis Golonka | End of Watch: 7/23/1968
Louis Golonka was murdered by militants who had staged an elaborate plan, designed to kill police officers by ambush. He sustained several shotgun blasts to his chest while attempting to assist fellow officers who were under a heavy gunfire attack that night.
Patrolman John L. Hubbell | End of Watch: 6/4/1979
John Hubbell and his partner were arresting a robbery suspect at his home when the suspect suddenly produced a weapon and fired at both officers. Both officers returned fire striking the assailant, but Hubbell was wounded and later died from his wounds. His partner, who was also wounded, recovered.
Patrol Officer Desmond Sherry | End of Watch: 7/3/1980
Desmond Sherry was off duty and driving home when he saw a street robbery in progress. He stopped his car to help but was immediately shot in the face by one of the suspects. Sherry died from his wounds.
Patrol Officer Stephen M. Kovach | End of Watch: 3/11/1984
Kovach and his partner became involved in the pursuit of a motor vehicle being driven by an armed and dangerous suspect, who had just committed several robberies. Upon stopping the vehicle they exchanged gunfire with the suspect, killing him. Kovach was shot twice and killed. His wounded partner later recovered.
Patrol Officer Ernest C. Holbert | End of Watch: 10/25/1987
On 1/2/1972, Holbert and his partner were investigating a motor vehicle accident. The operator of one of the vehicles suddenly produced a weapon and fired several times striking both Holbert and his partner, who returned fire and killed the suspect. His partner recovered but Holbert went through four major brain operations. He finally succumbed, in October of 1987.
Detective Robert J. Clark | End of Watch: 7/1/1998
Vice Unit Detective Robert Clark and several other officers were on patrol when they observed a drug transaction and pursued the suspect into the stairway of a building, where a struggle ensued. Clark and his partner were pushed down the stairway and fired upon by the suspect. Clark died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained.
Patrol Officer Wayne Leon | End of Watch: 6/25/2000
Leon was on routine patrol when he observed a motorist commit a traffic violation. He stopped the vehicle and both men excited their automobiles. Leon confronted the driver on the lot of a gas station and asked him for identification. The suspect produced a weapon and shot Leon point blank in the face. Leon died as a result of his wounds.
Detective John Schroeder | End of Watch: 8/31/2006
Jonathan Schroeder was shot and killed while he and fellow officers served a warrant on a man wanted for rape and burglary on West 98th street. The assailant opened fire, striking Schroeder in the shoulder area not protected by his vest. Schroeder was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds shortly after midnight.
Trooper Kenneth V. Velez | End of Watch: 9/15/2016
Trooper Kenneth Velez was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on I-90, near the Warren Road exit, in Cuyahoga County. Trooper Velez had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Police Officer David J. Fahey | End of Watch: 1/24/2017
Police Officer David Fahey was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on I-90, near Warren Road, while assisting at the scene of a fatal accident at approximately 6:00 am. He was setting out flares to divert traffic off of the highway when he was struck by an oncoming car. The vehicle fled after striking him. The driver was arrested later in the day. Officer Fahey was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 2-1/2 years.
Fire Fighter Herman David | Last Alarm: 6/19/1911
On June 19, 1911 Firefighter Herman David was throw from an engine while responding to an alarm at Grasselli Chemical Co. The accident occurred on Dille Road hill. David was taken to the hospital with severe injuries and died shortly thereafter.
Fire Fighter Theodore P. Brenyas | Last Alarm: 3/26/1947
On March 26, 1947, Theodore Brenyas was trapped under falling walls of Franklin Boulevard Methodist Church at West 32nd Street and Franklin Boulevard.
Fire Fighter Charles G. Doehner| Last Alarm: 8/4/1966
On August 4, 1966, Doehner was injured by an explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W. (formerly the Industrial Rayon Corp. complex) along with firefighters John A. Petz, Ralph E. Simon and Joseph G. Toolis.
Fire Fighter John A. Petz | Last Alarm: 8/4/1966
On August 4, 1966, Petz was injured by an explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W. (formerly the Industrial Rayon Corp. complex) along with firefighters Charles G. Doehner, Ralph E. Simon and Joseph G. Toolis.
Fire Fighter Ralph E. Simon | Last Alarm: 8/4/1966
On August 4, 1966, Simon was injured by an explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W. (formerly the Industrial Rayon Corp. complex) along with firefighters Charles G. Doehner, John A. Petz and Joseph G. Toolis.
Fire Fighter Joseph G. Toolis | Last Alarm: 8/4/1966
On August 4, 1966, Toolis was injured by an explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W. (formerly the Industrial Rayon Corp. complex) along with firefighters Charles G. Doehner, John A. Petz and Ralph E. Simon.
Fire Fighter Joseph A. DeCrane | Last Alarm: 7/22/1972
On July 22, 1972, while assigned to Ladder 5 for the day, DeCrane fell from the truck while responding to S.S. Kresge Co. on Brookpark Road.
Fire Fighter Daniel M. Pescatrice | Last Alarm: 12/31/1985
On Dec. 31, 1985, firefighter Daniel M. Pescatrice was trapped and overcome in a fire at Milner Electric Company, 3804 St. Clair Ave.
Fire Fighter Edward M. Carey | Last Alarm: 6/18/1995
On June 18, 1995, Capt. Edward Carey succumbed to injuries suffered in the line-of-duty sustained at a working fire at the Barkwell School on March 28, 1979 when the stairwell he was on collapsed.