Heroes Roll Call: Patrol Officer Shane H. Bartek, #18

Shane H. Bartek was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police on August 21st, 2019. As a member of the 145th Police Academy Class he described his new career as his “dream job.” After graduating from the Academy, he proudly served in the 5th District. Shane was a graduate of Brea-Mid Park High School and the University of Cincinnati, where he studied criminal justice. He was an avid basketball and soccer enthusiast.

Patrol Officer Shane H. Bartek #18, EOW 12/31/2021

While in the parking lot of the Cross Creek Gardens apartments, 4298 Rocky River Drive, on December 31, 2021, Officer Bartek was approached by a female who attempted to carjack him. He took immediate police action and tried to disarm her but was shot twice during the struggle. Emergency responders found him critically wounded and transported him to Fairview Hospital, where he expired. The suspect fled but was later arrested and charged with aggravated murder.

Patrol Officer Shane H. Bartek #18, EOW 12/31/2021
Shane Bartek #18 (L) at the Children of Gold child care center

Shane’s mother, Debra Bartek, said “Shane lived his life to the fullest. He didn’t take life too seriously but always made sure everyone around him was taken care of and happy. He was goofy, always had a smile on his face, and always brought people out of their shells with his confidence and calm demeanor. Shane was a son, a brother, a twin, and friend. But so much more. He lived his life in kindness and to help others. He will be missed forever.”

Funeral procession for Patrol Officer Shane H. Bartek #18, EOW 12/31/2021
Funeral service for Patrol Officer Shane H. Bartek #18, EOW 12/31/2021

Patrol Officer Shane H. Bartek, 25 years of age, is survived by his mother Debra Bartek, his brother Eric and his twin sister Summer. Funeral Services took place on January 11, 2022, at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights and he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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