Fallen police officers remembered - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Fallen police officers remembered

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -  As the name of 25 police officers killed in the line of duty is read one by one like a final roll call, a single rose for each fallen comrade is placed in a wreath and saluted by fellow officers vowing never to forget.

Family, friends and community leaders gathered at Via Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown for the Annual Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Robert Litch was only 12-years-old when his father, Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputy Sonny Litch was killed, "It's still hard.  I get upset and still feel the pain.  But I love my father, and I'll always love my father.  My heart goes out to all of the other families that have lost a loved one."

The program is sponsored by three Fraternal Order of Police Lodges representing Youngstown Police, Youngstown State University Police and the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department.

Fallen Officers from the Mahoning Valley:  

William Freed, May 17, 1891, Youngstown Police Department

Alfred Evans, November 5, 1911, Youngstown Police Department

Samuel Banks, October 4, 1919, Youngstown Police Department

John Constantino, May 11, 1920, Campbell Police Department

Alexander Warren, May 3, 1921, Youngstown Police Department

Walter Flickinger, June 7, 1923, Lowellville Police Department

Joe Ruby, November 11, 1923, Campbell Police Department

George Leonard, March 29, 1924, Youngstown Police Department

Ben Yeaden, February 27, 1925, Youngstown Police Department

Henry Clemens, December 4, 1927, Youngstown Police Department

John Harkins, January 1, 1952, Struthers Police Department

Raymond Darwich, November 16, 1952, Struthers Police Department

Frank Cichon, December 21, 1963, Youngstown Police Department

Albert Masi, February 12, 1973, Campbell Police Department

William "Bud" Comm, August 12, 1975, YSU Police Department

John "Sonny" Litch, October 22, 1981, Mahoning Co. Sheriff's Department

Richard Becker, November 6, 1983, Poland Township Police Department

Charles Yates, March 30, 1984, Poland Township Police Department

Ralph DeSalle, June 13th, 1984, Youngstown Police Department

Paul Durkin, September 21, 1987, Youngstown Police Department

Millard Williams, April 14, 1992, Youngstown Police Department

Steve Malkovits, May 21, 1993, Youngstown Police Department

Carmen "Skip" Renda, March 16, 1996, Youngstown Police / YSU Police

William Rickets, April 2, 1997, New Middletown Police Department

Michael T. Hartzell, April 29, 2003, Youngstown Police Department

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • 1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:48:43 GMT
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:35:49 GMT
    IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man's carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport. TSA official tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the man wasn't allowed take the gun past security, and faces up to a $11,000 civil penalty for bringing the weapon to the checkpoint. But Allegheny County police say they don't plan to charge the man with a crime because he had a license to carry the ....More >>
    IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man's carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport. TSA official tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the man wasn't allowed take the gun past security, and faces up to a $11,000 civil penalty for bringing the weapon to the checkpoint. But Allegheny County police say they don't plan to charge the man with a crime because he had a license to carry the ....More >>
  • 5 Pa. reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

    5 Pa. reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:29:22 GMT
    Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.More >>
    Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms