Firefighter Dies After Deadly Hit-And-Run By Drunk Driver

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Police body and dash camera video show the moment a suspected hit-and-run driver was locked up after striking and killing a firefighter named Johnny Tetrick. Police captured pictures of the car that hit Tetrick, plus a piece of the vehicle that came off after the crash.

At the time of the hit-and-run on Saturday night, the firefighter was working on the road trying to clear debris.

A car drove around emergency vehicles and hit Tetrick, who later died at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. A white Chevy Malibu with front-end damage was located at East 152nd Street and Ridpath Avenue, and the driver was taken into custody around 1am.

The suspect was arrested in connection to the hit-and-run. A 40-year-old Cleveland man has been arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide after allegedly striking and killing this Cleveland firefighter. Despite being in custody, the suspect has not yet been named. He is now facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Another detail of this homicidal hit-and-run has been recently revealed. When first responders were able to confront the suspect, they suspected that he was intoxicated. He reeked of alcohol and his speech was slurred when conversing with officers.

Bratenahl Village Police and Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb issued statements regarding the death of Johnny Tetrick, saying that Tetrick was a much-loved member of his family and community.

Tetrick spent most of his career with Cleveland Fire working on Engine 22 on the city’s east side. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Tetrick’s funeral will be held on Nov. 26 or 27, and flags will fly at half-staff on city buildings. A GoFundMe has been created to help the family with expenses after the sudden, tragic death of their beloved husband and father.

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