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Patrolman Vincent L. Gerek | Barberton Police Department, Ohio Barberton Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Vincent L. Gerek

Barberton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, December 24, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 8

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Vincent Gerek was shot and killed while investigating a holdup at the Kroger Grocery Store on Fourth Street at Creedmore Avenue. The gunman was mortally wounded in the exchange of gunfire with another policeman.

Patrolman Gerek's badge, #8, has been permanently retired by the Barberton Police Department. He was survived by his wife and his 10 year-old daughter.

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Vincent Gerek is my mother's uncle. She has told us about his tragic death and how it occurred on Christmas Eve. He will not be forgotten.

Leon Shinsky
Great nephew
February 1, 2016

 

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