The 2014 Heroes Run was a great success!

Over 880 runners/walkers participated as well as 100 children in the Little Heroes Dash. Hundreds of family members and friends joined in to honor the memory of all the fallen officers on the West Park Police Officers and Fire Fighters Memorial. 

Click here for race results


Annual West Park Memorial
Scholarship Winners Announced

We are proud to announce the three $2,000 Memorial Scholarships that will be awarded at the Heroes Run race on September 14th at 9:30 am.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association Scholarship Winner:

Lauren Golonka is the daughter of Dr. Greg Golonka and Julie Golonka and the great niece of Patrolman Louis Golonka who was killed in the line of duty on July 23, 1968 during the Glenville Riots along with two other Cleveland Police officers. She is a junior at Magnificat High School, where she has been on the honor roll with a GPA of 3.4 for 2 years. She has participated in cross country, competitively dances, an officer with Outreach who provide meals for the homeless, helps the elderly, helps serve battered women and tutor underserved children. She is also actively involved in her church youth group

The Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 93" Scholarship Winner:

Savannah Rose McGill is the great grand daughter of Firefighter Ralph Simon who was killed in the line of duty on August 4, 1966 during the Waflord Ave. fire along with three other Cleveland Fire Fighters. Her parents are Matthew McGill and Cassandra Joyce. Savannah attended North Royalton High School and is now attending Cuyahoga Community College.

Saint Joseph Academy Scholarship Winner:

Samantha Hollenbeck is the daughter of First Grade Firefighter Christopher Hollenbeck and mom is Nicole Hollenbeck. Samantha is a senior with a 3.3 GPA. She is a member of the Ski and Snowboarding Club, the Cancer Awareness Club and the French Club. Samantha made a mission trip to Kermit, WV last summer (2013) and has also volunteered as a tutor. She also has had perfect attendance for two years. Her younger sister Sydney is an incoming freshman.


12th Annual Cleveland Heroes Run Recap

Thank you to everyone that participated in, volunteered for, and sponsored the 12th Annual Cleveland Heroes Run.  All race medals are available at Second Sole through October 31st.

On September 15, 2013, the West Park Cleveland Police and Fire Fighters Memorial's 12th Annual Heroes Run hit record participation. Over 1,200 participated in the event. They were joined by over 700 family members and members of the West Park Community.

The event honors West Park's fallen police officers and firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty while either serving the citizens of Cleveland's West Park area, or while living within the community. Proceeds benefit the West Park Cleveland Police & Fire Fighter Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The race results can be found here.

In addition, three annual scholarships were awarded:

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association - $2,000 Scholarship
Nicholas Leon. He is the son of fallen Officer Wayne Leon (End of watch 6/25/00) and Grace Leon. Nicholas attends Saint Ignatius High School where he is an honor student in his sophomore year and a member of the Rugby Team. Nicky has been a volunteer here at The Heroes Run since he was 3 years old along with the entire Leon Family.

The Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters Local 93 $2,000 Scholarship
Brooke Schuerger (pronounced sugar) She is the daughter of Rob and Nicole Schuerger. Nicole is the daughter of Doug and Rose Simon, Doug is the son of Ralph and Joan Simon. Which makes Brooke the great-granddaughter of fallen Fire Fighter, Ralph Simon (last alarm- 8/4/66) Brooke is a freshman at Ohio State University.

The Saint Joseph Academy $2,000 Scholarship
Kaitlyn Poschner. Her parents are Patrol Officer Norbert Poschner and Heidi Poschner. Kaitlyn has a GPA of 3.0+, she participates in the St. Edward Marching Band, and has been active in the Drama Club and Balloon Animal Club here at Saint Joseph Academy.

Thanks again to all of our supporters and we look forward to seeing you on September 14, 2014!


The Ultimate Sacrifice

There is no greater price to pay than to give one’s life in the line of duty. The West Park Cleveland Police & Fire Fighters Memorial Walkway was built to honor these brave officers who lived in or died in West Park. The Memorial Walkway, set off by a scenic view, not only recognizes the tremendous sacrifice these officers made, but serves as a gathering place for family, friends and community to honor the service of the fallen officers.


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