Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society

Keeping The Promise... to never forget our fallen heroes. Honoring the service of fallen peace officers, ensuring that they are never forgotten and providing assistance and emotional support to their families. We serve Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga, Medina and Northern Summit counties.

ringBookman & Sons Ring Proceeds Benefit Police Memorial Society

A huge thanks to Bookman & Sons. They recently started carrying a line of wedding bands that look similar to The Thin Blue Line, and are offering these rings for $216. 100% of the proceeds of the sales of these rings will benefit GCPOMS projects. Bookman & Sons is located at 8803 Brecksville Road in Brecksville.

GCPOMS memorialHelp Support the Police Memorial Expansion

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society began with the donations of many corporations, banks, financial institutions and individuals from the Greater Cleveland area. Now we are in need to raise money to expand the memorial and add officers not yet listed on the memorial, but who died in the line of duty. Two additional pillars will be added in order to create the space to include these fallen heroes, and will allow space for those who we know will need to be added for police fatalities in the future.

We need to raise $200,000 to upgrade the Memorial and add the names of those officers. We are appealing to you to contribute generously to the expansion.

Officer FaheyOfficer David Fahey End of Watch: January 24, 2017

David had a remarkable conviction for his job as a police officer and it's invaluable purpose in society. He loved his city and was honored to be a "Brother in Blue." Having a passion for all things electronic, he derived great pleasure in enabling friends and family to enrich their lives through his knowledge of the electronic age. Read more...

Trooper VelezTrooper Kenneth Velez, Ohio State Highway Patrol End of Watch: September 15, 2016

Trooper Velez was a devoted father of three children. An avid sports fan, "Kenny," as he was called by the many friends who knew him, enjoyed volunteering to coach for both his sons’ baseball teams, and cheering for his daughter in her athletic endeavors. He was a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, CAVS and Indians; and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain, Ohio. Read more...

 

What We Do

We Honor Service to the Community

Each year in May, the Police Memorial Society remembers fallen officers during the Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration, a schedule of events for family, friends and the entire community. The 32nd Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration will be May 13–21, 2017. Events include:
  • Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Parade
  • Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Service
  • Public Safety Fair & Expo: Exhibits and interactive displays by first responders on Saturday of the Commemoration.
  • Cleveland International Tattoo
    Enjoy the stirring sounds and pageantry of the Pipes and Drums, marching bands, drill teams, dancers and choruses. A heart-pounding and high energy salute to our safety forces, our armed forces . . . our Country! At Public Hall on Saturday of the Commemoration. The 2017 Cleveland International Tattoo is Saturday, May 20.
In addition to the events described above, the Police Memorial Society also presents the following awards to outstanding law enforcement officers and members of the Greater Cleveland community who provide exceptional support to the Police Memorial Society and the law enforcement community:
  • Samuel H. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award
  • PO Anthony J. Johnson Memorial Police Officer of the Year Award
  • Patrolman Norman A. Drew Memorial Citizen of the Year Award
  • Lance Corporal Andrew W. Nowacki Memorial Veteran of the Year Award
  • GCPOMS President's Award
Information about nomination and award criteria...

We Support Families

Jason Gresko MonumentThe Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society provides financial assistance and ongoing emotional and practical support to the families of fallen officers. Thanks to support of our members and generous donors, the Police Memorial Society is able to provide financial assistance to families of fallen and injured officers to help.

We Advance Education for Law Enforcement

Additionally, the Police Memorial Society awards the Peter Lawer Memorial Scholarship each year to a police officer furthering his/her education, or a student pursuing a degree in law enforcement or a related field, and planning a career in law enforcement. The scholarship is awarded each May during the annual Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration. Scholarship criteria...

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