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Riding and remembering fallen Twinsburg officer

Joshua Miktarian, an 11-year veteran and K-9 officer of the Twinsburg Police Department, died in the line of duty. (Source: WOIO) Joshua Miktarian, an 11-year veteran and K-9 officer of the Twinsburg Police Department, died in the line of duty. (Source: WOIO)
Bob Votruba has been riding for Badge 45 since July 2008. (Source: WOIO) Bob Votruba has been riding for Badge 45 since July 2008. (Source: WOIO)
TWINSBURG, OH (WOIO) -

Officer Joshua Miktarian died in the line of duty back in 2008, but family and friends in the Twinsburg and Tallmadge communities continue to keep his memory alive. 

Bob Votruba has been traveling on a journey he says began on the streets of Twinsburg in July 2008. Instead of biking like he spent this day doing, back then he was driving and listening to the car radio. 

"I was listening to the news and it mentioned that an officer was shot and killed overnight. When I was listening, I was driving right by Glenwood, the street he was shot and killed at," recalled Votruba.

Josh Miktarian, an 11-year veteran and K-9 officer of the Twinsburg Police Department, left behind his wife, Holly, and daughter, Thea, who was only 3 months. 

"I hope that this short ride, I do, helps her realize that her dad's memory will never pass" said Votruba.

To keep Officer Miktarian's memory alive, Votruba slapped handwritten signs on his bike and peddled his way up and down Josh Miktarian Memorial Parkway all day. Votruba even raised money for the memorial fund of the officer who paid the ultimate price.

Those who noticed Votruba's efforts honked horns. Some ran up to thank him.

"I was in awe that someone would do something like this. It's just absolutely amazing," said Olivia Bartulovic, a Twinsburg teenager. 

Officer Miktarian was working a 12-hour shift the day he was gunned down. That's why Votruba planned on taking 12 hours to complete his ride.  

He adds it's no coincidence that by the time he is done, he will have gone 45 miles for Badge 45.  

"I did not know him. I did not know Holly or Thea. This is an individual, someone's life. I wanted to honor him in this way," said Votruba.

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