Patrolman William J. Greller

Patrolman William J. Greller

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1964

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William J. Greller

Patrolman William Greller was shot and killed when he and another officer interrupted a robbery in progress at a local meat packing plant.

The two officer had gone to the plant to interview the owner about a previous burglary. Coincidentally, when they arrived, the plant's office was being robbed.

The suspect immediately opened fire on the two officers, striking Patrolman Greller in the chest twice. The other officer was shot in the arm but was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Patrolman Greller had served with the Cleveland Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and four sons.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1210

Incident Details

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


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My Dad served with you on the Cleveland Police Force. Although I was only seven at the time, I remember the intense sorrow my parents felt when you were killed. Because of the circumstances, the fact your partner was unable to draw his own weapon and had to retrieve yours to return fire, my Dad wore his revolver reversed in it's holster the rest of his career. I never met any of your relatives, but I want them to know your memory lives on with people they never met. To this day, 60-years later, we remember your ultimate sacrifice protecting the citizens of Cleveland.

A Policeman's Son

January 14, 2024

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