CLEVELAND (WJW)– Funeral services were held Tuesday morning for Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek, who was shot and killed in a carjacking on Dec. 31.
Police from departments across Northeast Ohio turned out to show their support at Grace Church of Middleburg Heights, as did residents who wanted to pay their respects.
“Shane was funny, and he was the yin to my yang,” shared his twin sister, Summer.
Through tears, she said, “Shane wanted to be remembered as someone who cared. And in his 25 years, he reached that goal times 1000.”
“I hope when the day comes that I leave this Earth, he will be there welcoming his twinnie home.”
Her speech was followed by a photo and video montage showing how Shane lived.
“Shane was an officer who fully embraced service and community,” said Cleveland Division of Police interim chief Wayne Drummond.
“If I could create a template of what this city needs as a police officer, it would be patrol officer Shane Bartek.”
Officer Bartek was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery following the service.
There were signs of tribute across the community, including a billboard on I-71S.
“As Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek is laid to rest today, it reminds us of how thankful we are for the commitment and the service he, and so many other members of our police and public safety community, provide every day,” the Cleveland Guardians shared in a tweet in a joint statement from the Guardians, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns.
Since 2019, Bartek worked in the Cleveland Division of Police Fifth District, where coworkers said he considered it his dream job.
Police said Bartek, 25, was off duty when the suspect approached him in an apartment parking lot on Rocky River Drive. There was a struggle and Bartek was shot twice.
The 18-year-old suspect was charged with aggravated murder.