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Patrolman Francis Smolka | Vermilion Police Department, Ohio Vermilion Police Department, Ohio


Francis Smolka

Vermilion Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, October 29, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # 9

Cause: Heart attack

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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.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 28, 2014


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