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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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Norman C. Reker of the Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 21, 2024

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