END OF WATCH: June 28, 1924
Cleveland Police Department
On March 1, 1920, Officer Frank Sugan was appointed to the Cleveland Police Department.
On Saturday June 28, 1924, Patrolman Sugan was assigned to E. 107th and Euclid Ave. area for a call of several power lines downed during a violent summer storm. Sugan was among hundreds of police officers and firemen pressed into service by the storm.
Officer Sugan struggled against the rain and violent winds while keeping citizens and passersby away from downed high tension wires.
A sudden extremely strong gust of wind thrust Ptl. Sugan onto the power lines. Citizens came to Sugan’s aid, using wooden boards, tools, etc. to pull him from the electrical charge. Once freed, Officer Sugan was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Frank Sugan was survived by his mother Mary and his siblings Anna, John, Mary and Rose.
Frank Sugan’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Panel 52, E-24.
By Randy Daley