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

Patrolman Reker was survived by his wife mother and brother.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 18

Incident Details

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

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Norman C. Reker of the Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

February 21, 2019

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