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Captain Jerome C. Poelking | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio


Jerome C. Poelking

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, December 8, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 30 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 12/5/1975

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Captain Jerome Poelking died after contracting an illness as a result of being spat upon. He and other officers had responded to a robbery call and, when they arrived, discovered the suspects holding 15 hostages in the basement. As Captain Poelking negotiated with the suspects one of them spat on his face.

When Captain Poelking awoke the following day he had a temperature of 104ยบ and had difficulty breathing. He was taken to a local hospital and died three days later from meningococcal meningitis, an inflammation of his brain and spinal cord.

Captain Poelking had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Jerry was a neighbor of ours in Lyndhurst, OH. Lived a few doors down from us on Brainard Rd. Was shocked to hear of his passing and cause of death. Have totally lost contact with the family. RIP Jerry.

Ronald Hunt
Friend of the Polking family.
March 10, 2017


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