Police Officer David J. Fahey, Jr.

Police Officer David J. Fahey, Jr.

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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David J. Fahey, Jr.

Police Officer David Fahey was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on I-90, near Warren Road, while assisting at the scene of a fatal accident at approximately 6:00 am.

He was setting out flares to divert traffic off of the highway when he was struck by an oncoming car. The vehicle fled after striking him. The driver was arrested later in the day and was ultimately sentenced to 12 years in November 2018.

Officer Fahey was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 2-1/2 years.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 2453
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 12 years

accident scene

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When I saw Officer Fahey on this website this morning, I had to take a breath and found it didn't really have a lot of effect on the hollowed out feeling in my chest and in me, I was in a hit skip one night during a sudden snow. It was a much larger vehicle which had slammed into my little red Mazda. He was just kind, he didn't have to be but he was. That doesn't really happen with people and I remember we talked for a few seconds as I was just gathering the chaos of everything that had been secured in a bin in the backseat. I had just gone through my divorce and I had been married to a police officer, some of the items that were all over included a cop cookie jar, motion activated, ordering whomever sets it off "This is the police! Step away from the cookie jar!" It's where we kept the treats for our many animals. Officer Fahey was helping me put my stuff back in the bin and the cookie jar went off and said what it says and he just looks over at me and says: It wasn't me!": We had a laugh at that but I really needed that humanity and he is going to leave an enormous space in the world and the lives of those people he touched when he was here living his own.n There are not any laws that the police have to be kind to you, he just was a special kind of person who unexpectedly reignited my faith in people because it was not a good winter for me that year, which I realize now was to be the last Northeast Ohio winter Officer Fahey would spend on Earth. What a great loss to see this. God bless you, officer and all who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect the public. God bless all our first responders. responders

Pepper McGowan

January 25, 2021

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