CLEVELAND (WJW) – There was a moment of silence Monday night as local law enforcement gathered
to honor and remember fellow officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the community.
“We are honoring the fallen by having a candlelight vigil with the survivors of people on our memorial wall,” said Joe Mannion, president of the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society.
The latest name added to the memorial was Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek, who was shot and killed in an attempted carjacking on New Year’s Eve.
The names of 193 fallen officers were read by FOX 8’s Todd Meany in a special ceremony.
Their deaths dated back over a century and they were all from Northeast Ohio.
“The significance is to let the families know the survivors, the officers they worked with that they are not forgotten. As long as we read their names, they will always be remembered,” said Mannion.
Meanwhile, communities are being asked to “Light Ohio Blue” in part of a statewide campaign to show support to law enforcement throughout Ohio
Thursday, Bartek’s badge will be added in a Cleveland Police Badge Case ceremony.