Cleveland police union president released from hospital after two-car crash

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Division of Police released more details about a two-car crash that left Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis injured.

The crash happened at about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Buckeye Road and East 87th Street in Cleveland. Police said Loomis was driving eastbound when the driver of a Ford Fusion went left of center.

The Fusion hit Loomis’ Chevrolet Malibu on the left front side.

The CPPA president, who was on duty at the time, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Loomis said he is getting better and very thankful for all the support he received following Tuesday’s crash.

He wanted to release this statement thanking everyone for their support.

“I am briefly writing to thank each of you for your overwhelming concern and support after my accident. The phone calls, e mails, and text messages have been overwhelming, humbling, and sincerely appreciated. I will get to each of them personally in the near future. My family and I thank you all.

I would like to explain what happened as I believe it proves without doubt how incredible and caring the vast majority of all Clevelanders and our Safety Forces are. I was on my way to a community meeting at the library on Shaker Boulevard in the 4th District. While east on Buckeye near E 89th, a vehicle heading west on Buckeye suddenly went left of center into my lane and struck me driver front, to driver front. It happened so quickly and unexpectedly I cannot tell you the color of the car. This sent me out of control into the path of oncoming rush hour traffic and into the curb and I think a pole. Being punched by the airbag and bounced around a bit I was dazed and confused as to what just happened. I made a broadcast but wasn’t sure on what channel. Only a cop or a crime victim can explain the feeling you get hearing sirens coming after you call for help. The feeling is almost euphoric.

The most incredible part of this story is that as I started to regain my wits about me I woke up to two men trying to get the badly damaged car doors open so I could get out. Their words were caring and reassuring and eventually one of the men got into the back seat and rolled down my window. Without hesitation these men frantically pulled on my door and pried it open enough to help pull me out. They stood next to me bracing me up on both sides until more help arrived.

Other concerned citizens stopped to point out the location of the car that hit me. It made a left turn and drove about a block away before the car quit. The men, women and bosses of the 4th District did an outstanding job as they always do. Before I left with EMS I saw the same thing I have seen for the last 24 years of this great career, cooperation, compassion, and communication between citizens and cops alike. Enough of the false narrative that seems to consume us all… it IS NOT the reality we deal with in the streets everyday,

Again, my deepest heartfelt appreciation to all that came to my aide, Citizen, Police, Dispatcher, Fire, EMS, and Metro ER staff alike. Truly remarkable people!

Please continue to take care of each other and never forget we are ALL in this together… I am sore but on the mend and will back at it very soon.”