City of Cleveland Honors Fallen Officers in Recognition of National Police Week 2021

From the City of Cleveland “Straight from City Hall” newsletter

Police Week 2021 was recognized in Cleveland this week with multiple events honoring officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the badges of Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen, EOW 7/6/18 and James Skernivitz EOW 9/3/20 were added to the badge case display located in the Cleveland Police Museum. Surviving family members of both officers, including their wives and children, were present for a small, intimate ceremony.

On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Police Memorial Parade and Ceremony, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Society was held in downtown Cleveland. Police agencies from the local, state and federal levels attended, including a detail from Canada. During the 2021 ceremony, Detective James Skernivitz was honored. Detective Skernivitz was killed in the line of duty on September 3, 2021 while working as a Federal Task Force Officer on the law enforcement initiative Operation Legend. Chief Calvin D. Williams spoke of the many awards and accolades bestowed upon Detective James Skernivitz during his time as a Cleveland Police Officer. In honor of National Police Week, we remember our fallen heroes as we keep their memories alive and hold dear the hearts of their loved ones.

To view photos from the Badge Case Ceremony, click here. To view photos from the Police Memorial Parade and Ceremony, click here.

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