Special Olympics Athlete Honors Fallen Officer with Heartfelt Tribute

The Chief’s office recently received a heartwarming letter and a beautiful drawing from Matthew Pearson, a Special Olympics athlete and a strong supporter of law enforcement. Matthew created these tributes in honor of fallen Cleveland Police Officer Shane H. Bartek.

The Chief’s office was deeply moved by Matthew’s kind gesture, and we are immensely grateful for his thoughtfulness. Matthew’s support means a great deal to us, and we are honored to have received such a wonderful surprise from him.

We hope that Matthew’s example will inspire others to reach out to the police force and show their appreciation for the work that they do. Together, we can build a stronger, more connected community, where everyone feels valued and supported.


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