Leading up to National Police Week, the Cleveland Police Museum will tell the stories of Cleveland’s fallen officers.
Described as “a quiet, faithful, brave and fearless officer”, Michael Kick served as a member of the Cleveland Police force starting in 1865. His “gentlemanly deportment and strict attention to duty” earned him the respect of his fellow officers.
On May 13, 1875, Kick and his fellow officers set up a surveillance of a gang suspected of several burglaries. As the gang moved through the streets, Kick and his partner intercepted them. The gang opened fire on the officers, who returned fire as the gang ran away. Officer Kick was shot in the chest. He died on May 15, 1875 and was surived by his wife Francesca and their four children, William, Mamie, John and Eliza.
Michael John Kick was the first Cleveland Police Officer to die in the line of duty.
Join the Cleveland Police Museum in honoring our Fallen Officers at Heroes Roll Call on May 15: See our Facebook page for details.