Heroes Roll Call: Patrolman Steve J. Huber, #1917

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

Patrolman Steve J. Huber, #1917, EOW 5/11/1967

Steve J. Huber joined the Cleveland Police Department on April 1, 1965.  Huber volunteered for a special crime fighting task force, the so-called “green beret” unit, one month prior to his death.

On May 11, 1967, Patrolmen Huber, George Isherwood and Raymond Broughton responded to a burglary call at the Apex Cleaners 8913 Superior Avenue in an unmarked car. As the officers approached the scene, they heard a shot. The bullet blew out a window on the left-hand side of the cruiser. Huber was shot near the left eye and died five minutes after he was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital.

While responding to the scene, Patrolman Donald Bagnel spotted a man running north near the scene. Bagnel ordered the male to halt and the male turned with a revolver in his hand stating, “I’ll kill you.” Bagnel fired and the male stooped behind a car and again pointed a revolver at Bagnel. Bagnel fired again striking the suspect in the arm causing him to drop the gun.

Huber’s work just before the shooting led to a successful investigation. Plain Dealer, 5/19/1967

Officer Huber was survived by his wife Lois and his two sons Richard and James.  Services were held at the William F. Chambers Funeral Home on Rocky River Drive and he was buried in West Park Cemetery.

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