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Detective James M. Skernivitz

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Reflections for Detective James M. Skernivitz

On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Detective James M. Skernivitz and the extended law enforcement family of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio.


End of Watch Thursday, September 3, 2020.


Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 20, 2020

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

September 18, 2020

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 16, 2020

Detective Skernivitz,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

September 11, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 9, 2020

Rest in peace brother.

Former Corporal Brian Sullivan
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

September 9, 2020

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

September 8, 2020

RIP Detective Skernivitz.
My/our deepest condolences to his family, friends and Cleveland Division of Police.

Bob O'Brien

Cleveland Police SWAT Sgt OB (retired)

September 8, 2020

RIP sir. May your soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 8, 2020

Rest in Peace Detective Skernivitz. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

September 8, 2020

"Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died."

Author Unknown

E.C.Proft Chief Criminal Deputy (Retired)
Island County Sheriff's Office

September 7, 2020

Skernivitz family and friends may God grant all of you with a speedy healing. Det. Skernivitz thank you for your service to your Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Res.Ofc.Rudy Jones
Cuyahoga Falls, OH Police Department

September 7, 2020

Rest easy, Detective. We'll take it from here.

Sgt. S. A. Mohamad
Texas Police Officer. 20years

September 7, 2020

Requiescat in Pa rm

Sergeant Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

September 7, 2020

Peace be with your radiant soul, “may the martyrs greet you into paradise, may the martyrs come to welcome you, and take you to the Holy City, the New and Eternal Jerusalem.” Peace to all of your family and friends as they navigate the world with out.

Chaplain Student Grace Adele Hochella
Moravian Theological Seminary

September 7, 2020

Rest In Peace brother. Your dedicated service will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

September 7, 2020

Detective James Skernivitz, during your tour of duty you served the citizens of Cleveland with honor, dignity and compassion. It is now your time to rest with all of the other heroes that have gone before you. To the family of Detective James Skernivitz you all are in our thoughts and prayers. The Law Enforcement family will stand beside you. To the men and women of the Cleveland Police Department hold your head's high as you all carry on during these difficult times. Stay Safe. James as you enter through the gates of Valhalla your arrival will be hailed by Odin himself. Fair Winds and Following Seas Warrior.

Detective Grade One Robert Jackson Ret.
Metropolitan Police Department/ Homicide Branch

September 7, 2020

May Our Lord Have a Special Place in His heavenly Home for Detective Skernivitz. He is a True Hero. My Deepest Sympathies go out to his family and his Department , the Cleveland PD.

Michael T Sullivan, Retired Patrolman
Chicago Police Department, 9th District

September 7, 2020

Thank you for your service.
Rest in Peace.

Chief R. A. McCann
Armour College Law Enforcement/Department of Public Safety

September 7, 2020

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P Waggle, Jr.
Civilian

September 7, 2020

Rest In Peace Skern!

P.O. Robert Taylor
Cleveland Division of Police

September 6, 2020

Not all heroes wear capes, many work undercover.
You didn't do it for the glory.
You took an oath the day the badge was pinned upon your chest to protect us from the evil that lives among us.
You are a hero in the truest sense of the word sir and will always be remembered that way.

R.L. Fleming #59416
Correctional Officer (Ret)
California Department of Corrections

September 6, 2020

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden (Retired)

September 6, 2020

R.I.P Detective James Skernivitz

Brian Molyneaux
citizen

September 6, 2020

Rest in Peace Det. Skernivitz. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Skernivitz Family and the Cleveland Division of Police.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

September 6, 2020

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