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Patrolman Norman C. Reker | Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Norman C. Reker

Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, February 21, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 18

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1949

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Patrolman Norman Reker was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a robbery in progress on Colchester Road.

The robber opened fire and struck Patrolman Reker in the stomach. Both officers were able to return fire and shot the robber. Patrolman Reker was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The robber was sentenced to death in the electric chair and executed on June 23, 1949.

Patrolman Reker was survived by his wife mother and brother.

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My mother was only 6 years old when her Uncle Norman was killed. She remembers him as the "fun" uncle. The one that would get down on the floor and play board games, or play tag or hide and seek in the yard. He was always smiling, always joking, and all the kids loved him. She doesn't remember much about the time, just that it was very sad, and she was confused that so many people all over Cleveland seemed to suddenly know who her family was. I leave this message so that we remember the man Norman was, not just the manner in which he died.

Susan Gray
Grand niece
May 16, 2017

 

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