CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland firefighter was struck and killed while responding to a vehicle accident on I-90 East at the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and a suspect is now in police custody.
According to a press release from the Bratenahl Police Department, the fatal accident happened on Saturday around 8:15 p.m., when members of Engine 22 responded to a hit-and-run near the I-90 exit. After hitting the firefighter, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
Johnny Tetrick, who served with the Cleveland Division of Fire for over 27 years, was taken to the hospital and was reportedly alive during transport but later died. He is survived by his family, including three children.
Cleveland Police found the suspect vehicle — a white Chevy Malibu with front-end damage — at East 152nd Street and Ridpath Avenue at 12:20 Sunday. The suspect was taken into custody by Bratenahl police in connection with gross vehicular manslaughter and failure to stop after an accident on a public road or highway.
“We would like to express our deepest condolences to our brothers in the Cleveland Fire Department,” Bratenahl Village Police said in a statement.
Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb also issued a statement on Tetrick’s death, saying, “I am saddened to hear of the death of Cleveland Firefighter Johnny Tetrick and express my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fellow firefighters. Firefighter Tetrick was dedicated to his work as a first responder and was a much-loved member of his family and community. Our prayers go out to his entire family as the city mourns the loss of a colleague and dedicated public servant.”
The investigation is ongoing by the Eastside Department Group of Enforcement, the Accident Investigation Unit and the Cleveland Police Department AIU. The Cleveland flag has been lowered to half-mast.