Patrolman Norman C. Reker

Patrolman Norman C. Reker

Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 21, 1948

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Norman C. Reker

Patrolman Norman Reker was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a robbery in progress on Colchester Road.

The suspect opened fire and struck Patrolman Reker in the stomach. Both officers were able to return fire and shot the robber. Patrolman Reker was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The subject was sentenced to death in the electric chair and executed on June 23rd, 1949.

Patrolman Reker was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was survived by his wife, mother, and brother.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 18
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1949


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Patrolman Reker,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe as a member of the 70th “Trailblazer” Infantry Division fighting the Germans during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 21, 2023

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