In 2008, following the death of Cleveland Police Officer Derek Owens, a committment was made to create a memorial honoring all of the Fourth District Officers who have gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the people of the city of Cleveland.
Today at 11:30 AM we commemorate our fallen during the unveiling of the new Fourth District Memorial Monument and Gardens on the front lawn of the Cleveland Police Fourth District located at 9333 Kinsman. Cleveland Police Officers Anthony Johnson and Derek Owens will be remembered this year as their names are added to the memorial.
In memory of Anthony Johnson…
On October 21, 1981, Officer Johnson and his partner responded to an alarm at the National City Bank branch located at 16614 Harvard Avenue.
Upon arrival, one of the robbers came out of the bank shooting. In an exchange of gunfire, Tony was shot with a .357 magnum and suffered multiple skull fractures. Tony was transported to Brentwood Hospital where he underwent hours of surgery and was put on life support. He succumbed to his injuries that evening at 7:46 p.m.
On October 26, 1981, Tony was buried with full police honors as over 2,200 mourners, family and friends bid farewell. Anthony Johnson’s name is enscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and badge #2341 has been retired, but not forgotten.
Survivors of Anthony Johnson include Tracy, Tony Jr., his parents, six brothers, and two sisters.
In memory of Derek Owens…
On February 29, 2008, at approximately 6:25 p.m. Officer Owens and his partner Robert Goins were working Zone Car 412.
While on patrol they spotted a group of males in front of an abandoned house, a location which was known for loitering and drug sales. Officer Owens and his partner observed the males drinking beer out of open containers and proceeded to investigate further. As the officers approached, the males began to flee on foot. Owens went one way while Goines traveled in the opposite direction, each chasing different suspects. After a brief foot pursuit, Owens made a radio broadcast stating that shots had been fired, and that he had been hit.
Fellow officers transported Derek to Metro Health Medical Center where he underwent several hours of surgery. Unfortunately, his injuries were too severe, and he passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 12:30 a.m.
Derek was laid to rest on March 7, 2008 with full police honors and badge #746 was retired during a ceremony a short time later.
Patrol Officer Derek W. Owens is survived by his wife Ericka, his children Sydni and Chandler, his parents Wayne and Barbara, and his sister Dr. Dawn Owens-Watterson, as well as a host of family members, friends, fraternity brothers and members of the law enforcement community.