Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reflections for Police Officer Wayne A. Leon

Peace to Grace and her children. She had turned her tragedy into helping others. God Bless this family.

Ptrlmn Dwayne Smith & Linda Smith
CPD- Retired

June 27, 2018

I will never forget that day! He is my hero...

CPD Detective Jim Cudo #1705

June 25, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Wayne A. Leon of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 25, 2018

17 years ago, I remember the terrible news and watching with the rest of Cleveland...such a tragedy to take a vibrant life like Wayne Leon. And even then, I was so impressed and in awe of his widow, Grace. I always saw and read the news, heard stories and follow ups. But like so many, we go back to our busy lives and time goes by. I work in a retail setting and recently have been the cashier 'ringing out' Grace Leon. I recognized the name immediately but never mentioned it. Even without thinking of her history, I was again impressed. What an exceptional, lovely person. Her energy, enthusiasm, positive outlook, kindness is so welcome and engaging. I can't imagine the pain and heartache she's gone through but her smile and kindness wears like a tribute to life's goodness. Thank you, Wayne Leon, and thank you to all the law enforcement personnel , and thank you to wives and families of patrolmen in Cleveland that keep us safe every day. We appreciate all that you do. Thoughts and prayers to the Leon Family... We may get sidetracked with life events but we have never forgotten you or your sacrifice.

Cleveland Citizen

May 11, 2017

CPD Police Officer Wayne Leon is the only one that deserved a second chance.

Citizen Patrick Skiver

August 3, 2016

I pray today for blood and blue that things go well in court today because we care about you. Never forgotten

Tom D.

August 2, 2016

I miss uour smile and laugh. I miss uou


June 21, 2016

Forever....Missing you so much!!


May 12, 2016

Thinking of you Wayne ... You are always remembered with so much love and respect by is all. Rest easy Hero, patrol God's golden roads and know that we pray we will see again one day.

Terry May

April 3, 2016

As Aux Officer #54 I worked with Jim Simone & Wayne Leon on Bob Hope Bridge the night before getting drunk drivers in both directions. 16 years is long enough for this creep to live.

Aux Officer #54 retired

January 10, 2016

Wayne, my God son. I wont forget you ever. I saw Grace recently and she was smiling. I put her in my will. Hope to see you.
Uncle Bob

Hialeah Police Department

August 5, 2015

Every day for 15 years we have thought of you, grieved losing you and continued to love you. Losing you is not something any of us will ever forget. In your short 32 years you touched so many people, your family, your friends, your community. God only knows what more you would have accomplished had you not been taken from us, but I would be willing to bet that they would have been great accomplishments and there would have been many. We miss you Wayne, we love you and we miss you...we always will.

Terry May

June 25, 2015

Thinking of the Leon Family today, your grief is shared by those in the LEO family.

Ptl. Mike Cooper (Retired)
Parma PD

June 25, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 25, 2015

Our promise; Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

June 25, 2015

Wayne was a classmate of mine from Ignatius '86. I remember his smile, his genuineness and those braces. I pray for his family and wife, Grace and his children.
This will be his 15th Anniversary, but I wanted you yo remember his good ness not just the somberness of this day.

David Stachowski

June 25, 2015

Wayne, there is not a day that goes by that you are not thought of. You touched so many lives and those you touched are better people for having known you. We know that you are standing side by side with Saint Michael and all of those Officers, like you, who have been taken from us. You are now and will forever be "Our Angel" .... We love you

Terry May

May 1, 2015

I re member hearing about it at a police

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you are always in my prays

benny scarcella

independence ohio


February 7, 2015

It was an honor to play TAPS at his funeral.

Detecetive Robert Jaksa (Retired)
Eastlake Police Dept.

June 25, 2014

I really wish you were here. I want to have you here to hug me and give me good advice like you should. I want you to be proud of me and the person I am becoming. Please continue watching over us and keeping us safe. This life is not very fair, but I know that you are my guardian angel who will always protect me. I love you so much. I miss you.


April 15, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th anniversary year of your death. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that call you beloved for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I thank them for sharing their memories of you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 14, 2012

I stood in line for 3 hours on Pearl Road waiting for the opportunity to pray, and posthumously pay my respects and express my gratitude to Wayne at his wake. In my mind remains the memory of him and his sacrifice, along with that of his loved ones, and A reflection from George Orwell..... We rest well in our beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.........Today the haunting question remains.........Why does his craven murderer continue to draw breath?

k. michael morley. No rank
Family members are CPD Officers

February 19, 2012

This June, it will be 12 year since you were taken from us. Everyone misses you so mucch, and Grace is a remarkable woman. I know you are proud of the way she is raising your three wonderful kids. I just wish I could give you one last hug, or merely see you for two minutes. God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten.

A friend

January 19, 2012

You are very missed by your family and friends. Everyone who met you loved you. You made a huge impact on everyone's hearts. I hope you are very proud of me. I love you.

A friend
Cleveland resident

October 14, 2011

Remembering Officer Wayne Leon....

Our hearts are all heavy
We feel a great loss
For a brave man who died fighting
For an even greater cause.
The choppers flew in honor overhead
For a fallen hero, a fallen friend.
As taps played in the distance
Silent tears fell all around
For a fallen warrior
Being laid in the ground.
He gave his life fighting
So that others may live,
That's what he knew of life
He knew how to give.
We mourn this fallen officer
We mourn this gentle man
But there's solace in knowing he's home now
He's at the Father's right hand.
So the rifles fire in honor
Of an Officer laid to rest
God bless him and hold him close Lord,
You've taken one of Cleveland's best.

mjg 06/25/00

MJ Graves #444

June 24, 2011

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