CLEVELAND –A Message from Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams:
We are profoundly sad to announce the passing of one of our Police Officers. Patrol Officer Erwin C. Eberhardt passed away suddenly on February 18, 2021. Erwin served the Division of Police proudly and honorably for over 30 years. In recognition of his service, Mayor Frank G. Jackson has authorized the lowering of the American Flag at all police stations in the City of Cleveland from sunset today, February 19, until sunrise the day after funeral services.
Patrol Officer Erwin C. Eberhardt, 53, began his career with the Division of Police in 1990. Following completion of the Police Academy, he was assigned to the Second District where he served for many years. Throughout his career he served in many assignments including the First District, Fourth District, the Airport Unit and the Police Academy. During Erwin’s tenure in the Police Academy he trained hundreds of Cleveland Police recruits to become Cleveland Police Officers. He also instructed within the Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy. He was well known and beloved by the trainees as someone who always provided support and humor as he was always there to lighten the load of law enforcement training.
Erwin C. Eberhardt was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving multiple overseas deployments, including Operation Enduring Freedom. His military training primed him to become one of the longest serving members of the Cleveland Division of Police Honor Guard. During his service within the Honor Guard, he participated in countless parades and events, including services for fallen officers.
Erwin leaves behind four children: Heather, Brandi, Tony and Ian, along with three grandchildren, Kiah, Laython and Ariyah. His children and grandchildren were the light of his life. They will miss him dearly. Erwin is survived by his father, Charles and Grandmother, Viola. He also leaves behind dear family, countless friends and his brothers and sisters in blue. We will miss you, Erwin.