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Sergeant William A. Prochazka | Bedford Heights Police Department, Ohio Bedford Heights Police Department, Ohio


William A. Prochazka

Bedford Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, November 10, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Commuted to life

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Sergeant Prochazka was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress at a local paint store. He went to the store to drop off mug shots while investigating a robbery of the store from several weeks earlier. He was shot in the neck as he walked through the rear door.

Four suspects were arrested in Cleveland a short time later. All four were sentenced to death but their sentences were commuted to life in 1977. One of the four, the getaway driver, was released in 2003.

Sergeant Prochazka was survived by his wife and four children.

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41 years ago today you were tragically taken away from us. We miss you dearly. I made a promise during your funeral to continue what you started and believed in. I have 2 1/2 years until I fulfill that promise. My wife and I recently took your granddaughters, Taylor and Sydney, to Washington DC to view your name on the police memorial. I was a very emotional time for them, but they were extremely proud of their grandfather. Rest in peace.

your son,

Sgt. Bob Prochazka
Willowick, Ohio Police Department
November 11, 2016


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