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 served with the Barberton Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and 10-year-old daughter.

Patrolman Gerek's badge, #8, has been permanently retired by the Barberton Police Department.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 8

Incident Details

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


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Patrolman Gerek,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Barberton. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 24, 2023

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