The past 3 weeks have seen too many funerals for local Police Officers and Firefighters. Death is a natural part of life but it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye.
Retired Lt. Donald Krocker passed away in mid-February after a lengthy illness. Don, who had retired in 2011, was well liked and a good natured individual. I personally knew Don for 30 years and for the last 11 years of my career, he had been my Executive Officer. He was loyal to me and the department and often gave insight to issues that proved invaluable. I can honestly say that he truly cared for the Willowick Police Department and that he will be missed.
At the end of February, retired Wickliffe Police Sergeant John Bohana also passed away. John was another officer who I know for most of my career. After retiring from Wickliffe as a full time officer, he returned for many years in a part time capacity doing most of that department’s public relations program. He was a good man and well liked by everyone who knew him.
Finally, tragedy struck (2) Fire Departments when Steven Knaus died unexpectedly in early March at the young age of 47. He had a full time career as a firefighter in Cleveland that spanned 23 years, and part time as a Willowick Firefighter for 20. Although I can’t say I knew Steve well, his death certainly affects us all.
To the families of the above men, we offer our sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers. They still live in our memories of them.
Michael T. Lazor, Chief of Police