Patrolman Hubert J. Smykowski, Sr.

Patrolman Hubert J. Smykowski, Sr.

Garfield Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, October 5, 1976

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Hubert J. Smykowski, Sr.

Officer Bert 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 had served with the Garfield Heights Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest, foot pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Hubert J. Smykowski of the Garfield Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 86 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 5, 2023

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