In Memoriam: Candlelight Vigil On One Year Anniversary Of Twinsburg Officer's Slaying

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TWINSBURG, OH (WOIO) - The City of Twinsburg remembered K9 Officer Joshua T. Miktarian Monday night in a candlelight vigil and memorial service. Miktarian was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on July 13, 2008.

Officer Miktarian is the only Twinsburg Police officer to die in the line of duty in the department's 54-year history. The married father of a baby girl was killed during a traffic stop.

The service was held at the new Officer Joshua T. Miktarian Memorial located near the southeast corner of Ravenna Rd and officer Joshua T. Miktarian Memorial Parkway and adjacent to the Twinsburg Government Center. During the service, the City dedicated a monument to Officer Miktarian and retired his badge.

Speakers included Mayor Katherine Procop, Mrs. Holly Miktarian and Police Chief Chris Noga.

A candlelight procession from Twinsburg High School to the memorial site began at 9:00 and the memorial service began at approximately 9:15 PM.

The public was encouraged to bring candles for use during the event.

Parking for the public will be in the Student Lot at the High School.

There was no parking in the Twinsburg Government Center for the general public, except for those with handicapped place-cards. Law enforcement personnel attending the service parked at the Twinsburg Government Center, 10075 Ravenna Rd. and will stage at the memorial site.

The City closed Ravenna Rd. at the Government Center beginning at 8:55 PM. Traffic was detoured through the Twinsburg Public Library parking lot to the Twinsburg Fitness Center and Twinsburg High School access road and back to Ravenna Rd. at Miktarian Pkwy.

Miktarian Parkway remained open during the service. Ravenna Rd. re-opened at approximately 10:00 PM.

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