Bio & Incident Details
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Badge # 9
Cause: Heart attack
Patrolman Francis Smolka suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after arresting a suspect who had resisted arrest.
Patrolman Smolka, along with two fellow officers answered a disturbance call which involved a physical altercation with a male who resisted arrest. Upon returning to the station, Patrolman Smolka collapsed. Three Officers preformed CPR at the station and while enroute to Lorain Community Hospital. Despite attempts by hospital staff, he was pronounced dead at 2:15 A.M.
Patrolman Smolka was survived by his wife, two brothers, and sister.