Forever Our Heroes... 

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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POLICE OFFICERS

 

 mosholder 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.

 

 

 greller Patrolman William J. Greller
End of Watch: 9/18/1964

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.

 

 

 humr 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.

 

 

 golonka 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.

 

 

 hubbell 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.

 

 

 sherry 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.

 

 

 kovach 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.

 

 

holbert 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.

 

 

 clark 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 own the stairway and fired upon by the suspect. Clark died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained.

 

 

 leon 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.

 

 

 schroeder Detective Jonathan 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.

 

 

 schroeder 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.

 

 

 schroeder 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 FIGHTERS

 

 david 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.

 

 

 brenyas Captain 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.

 

 

 doehner 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.

 

 

 petz 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.

 

 

 simon 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.

 

 

 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.

 

 

 decrane 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.

 

 

 pescatrice 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.

 

 

 carey Captain 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.

 

 

 

 

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