Patrolman Otto J. Ziska

Patrolman Otto J. Ziska

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, March 31, 1940

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Otto J. Ziska

Patrolman Otto Ziska died of an illness he contracted after rescuing several people from a building fire 16 years earlier.

Patrolman Ziska repeatedly entered a burning building to rescue trapped civilians. As a result, Officer Ziska inhaled large quantities of poisonous gasses that were emitting from the burning building. Officer Ziska was in continuous ill health after that incident but continued to work. Officer Ziska succumbed to heart disease he contracted as a result of exposure to harmful fumes.

Officer Ziska had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Monday, May 12, 1924


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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice Patrolman Otto J. Ziska of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 77 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

March 31, 2024

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