Heroes Roll Call: Patrolman Frank A. Sugan, #409

The Cleveland Police Museum is honored to tell the stories of our Fallen Officers on the anniversaries of their End of Watch.

Patrolman Frank A. Sugan, #409, EOW 6/28/1924

On March 1, 1920, Officer Frank Sugan was appointed to the Cleveland Police Department.

On Saturday June 28, 1924, Patrolman Sugan was assigned to E. 107th and Euclid Avenue area for a call of several power lines downed during a violent summer storm. Sugan was among hundreds of police officers and firemen pressed into service by the storm.

Officer Sugan struggled against the rain and violent winds while keeping citizens and passersby away from downed high-tension wires.

A sudden extremely strong gust of wind thrust Patrolman Sugan onto the power lines. Citizens came to Sugan’s aid, using wooden boards and tools to pull him from the electrical charge. Once freed, Officer Sugan was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Plain Dealer, 6/29/1924

Officer Frank Sugan was survived by his mother Mary and his siblings Anna, John, Mary and Rose. Services were held at the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Nativity Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.

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