June spotlight on the Mounted Unit

Mounted Unit

Summer weather is around and about as are the Mounted Unit horses.  Their history is rich in ceremony, celebration, and communications.  Here are a few items of interest . . .

Mounted Unit - Tony the HorsePatrol Officer James Matowitz, the younger brother of renowned police chief George Matowitz, became Officer-in-Charge at the King-Otis Stables for decades.  He designed a uniform specifically for the unit and led the drill team to win international honors. While under Matowitz, the Unit participated in the 1953 Inaugural Parade of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The photo (right) of the horse rescue happened in 1969 when “Tony” escaped from his tether and fell into a window well on Euclid Avenue.  Overseeing the rescue were the Mounted Unit Vet Dan Stearns, Lieutenant Ed Troyan, and PO Carl Bultrowitz.

Time-honored ways and new innovations go hand-in-hand in police work.  A manhunt for a criminal suspect is heightened by the use of both methods.

A helping hand is always appreciated by the Mounted Unit, as the City of Cleveland does not cover all costs.  Please donate to the Cleveland Police Foundation and designate your contribution to the Mounted Unit.  Thank you!


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