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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I’ll never forget the story’s Grandma told me. I’m sure you know her and I were close. I do everything in my power to honor your life. Thank you for protecting the citizens of Cleveland.

What I think about today is how I never got to meet you. What I think about is the memory of you that will never be forgotten.

Today-tomorrow-next week. Your memory with me will never be forgotten. I am instilling thanking a Police Officer in my own sons brain.

That being said you will never be forgotten by me or anyone else in our family. RIP 1210! WE LOVE YOU!

Ian Greller

November 30, 2020

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