Cleveland Police Officer Named ‘Unsung Hero’


Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba

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CLEVELAND– One of the Cleveland Police Department’s longest-serving officers was honored with a major award, Wednesday night.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba won the “Unsung Hero” award from the FBI Citizens Academy of Cleveland.

Tomba was nominated for the award by Yvonne Pointer. Yvonne is the mother of Gloria Pointer, who was murdered in 1984. An arrest was made in her case earlier this year.

Yvonne Pointer said Tomba would visit her often and promised to never close the case.

At the award ceremony, Tomba said, “I’m very proud to be a Cleveland police officer. Very proud to be a public servant and to be associated with this fine group and as a public servant we owe it to the families of the ones left behind to keep them informed and keep fighting and keep investigating to find out exactly what happened to their loved ones.”

Tomba was also nominated by the family of Aliza Sherman, whose murder earlier this year has not been solved.

Tomba has been a member of the police department since 1985.

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