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Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by VHT, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. VHT

    VHT

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    Just a mention out of respect, and some hope for a few prayers. My friends who knew this young officer closely, say he was a class act, squared away and a good man.

    Tom comes from a long line of police officers, he will be truly missed.

    Rest in peace sir.


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    http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/03/cleveland_heights_police_offic_1.html

    http://www.odmp.org/officer/20348-police-officer-thomas-patton-ii

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A 30-year-old Cleveland Heights police officer who is the son of State Sen. Thomas Patton died Saturday night while chasing a suspect after an incident at the Marc's store on Coventry Road.

    Dozens of police officers from various departments across the region raced to Huron Hospital in East Cleveland to show support for officer Thomas Patton II, who had been on the force for seven years.

    Patton and several other officers were chasing the suspect when Patton "suddenly stopped and doubled over," said Cleveland Heights Police Chief Martin Lentz. "He started running again and collapsed."

    He was rushed to Huron Hospital after he collapsed, which happened about 8:45 p.m. Lentz said Patton had a pulse, but he soon died at the hospital.

    When asked about Patton, Lentz was overcome with emotion and had to stop talking.

    Sen. Patton could not be reached for comment Saturday night.

    Many officers, as well as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, crowded in hallways at Huron Hospital and up to the emergency room. Several were wiping away tears.

    Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley said that the city mourns the loss.

    "This is a just a very tough one," Kelley said. "He was an exceptional officer, as are all of our officers. He will be missed."

    The last Cleveland Heights police officer to die in the line of duty was Jason West, 31, who was fatally shot on May 25, 2007, while responding to a reported street fight. The shooter, Timothy Halton Jr. was captured after breaking into a nearby house.

    Halton pleaded guilty on Oct. 30, 2009, to aggravated murder. Halton dropped his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity as part of a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.

    He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
     
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    RIP. Condolences to Officer Patton's family.
     
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    Thank you so much Russ. I passed that on with your credits to his friends/family. there is much appreciation.

    The one you made for my friend Derek Owens (March 1st, 2008), was printed and displayed at the Second Memorial Mass held in his honor on March 1st of this year.
     
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    Yeah, pretty unimaginable. A very in shape 30 Yr old, 6'5", 190 pounds, was a track champion in high school, and was training with a friend to run a 10K coming up...

    All over a kid spitting in another officer's face. Prosecutors looking into Aggravated Murder charge. Not sure it will fly.

    Going to the wake tomorrow/Tuesday night. :(
     
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    And as of 2230, we have PO another shot serving a warrant, possibly DOA in a neighboring town, Elyria Ohio. Conflicting reports of who's dead. Perp or PO. Life Flight came and left empty.