Patrolman Vincent L. Gerek

Patrolman Vincent L. Gerek

Barberton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 24, 1948

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Vincent L. Gerek

Patrolman Vincent Gerek was shot and killed while investigating a holdup at the Kroger Grocery Store on Fourth Street at Creedmore Avenue.

The gunman was mortally wounded in the exchange of gunfire with another policeman.

Patrolman Gerek's badge, #8, has been permanently retired by the Barberton Police Department. He was survived by his wife and his 10-year-old daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 8

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Growing up in barberton going to Kroger's was often told about that night I want his family and friends to know we thank you for his service my granddaughter 18 and grandson 14 and son in law was murdered in 2013 and the the first responders were great and they cried with us and found these two men so this holiday season I'm thankful and want to say stay safe thank you for your service and thank your families for thier service

423 wooster rd n

December 24, 2018

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