Patrolman Hubert J. Smykowski

Patrolman Hubert J. Smykowski

Garfield Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, October 5, 1976

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Hubert J. Smykowski

Officer Smykowski died after suffering a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit and a struggle with a suspect. Officer Smykowski and his partner had responded to the scene of a hit-and-run where a car had struck the front of a house. Officer Smykowski located two men matching the suspects' descriptions and attempted to stop them. He chased one of the men into a nearby house and struggled with him. As he was walking the suspect to his car he collapsed.
Officer Smykowski was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Hubert J. Smykowski of the Garfield Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 5, 2018

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