Fundraiser in honor of fallen officer

Fundraiser in honor of fallen officer
Police Officer Jason Gresko (Source: Willoughby Police Dept.)

WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Not a day goes by that Nick Gresko doesn't think of his younger brother, Willoughby and Cleveland Clinic Police Officer Jason Gresko.

Gresko, 32, was killed by drunk driver Scott Lelandon on September 21, 2012 while responding to a call.

"I made a promise that day that his name would never be forgotten. There was nothing more besides his family that he loved than being a police officer," says Nick Gresko.

Jason Gresko left behind his wife Sandra and young daughter Olivia. A plaque outside the Willoughby Police Department bears his name as a reminder of his dedication to protect and to serve.

Two years ago, Nick and two of Jason's friends and colleagues set up a special scholarship to benefit future officers going through the Tri-C Police Academy.

An annual golf fundraising event is held to raise money to help pay for scholarship recipients' fees and their police academy tuition.

"They also know that this is their calling as well and we want more 'Officer Greskos' on the road," says Officer Steve Jevnikar.

"We're touching the lives of people who are going to be future police officers. They are going to be doing the things that he loved," explains Nick Gresko.

Nick says he wishes his brother wasn't taken from his family, friends, and the community. But, he knows that Jason would be proud that his memory lives on through others.

"This is a great way for other people to learn about him, know about him, and know about the character and the things that he did," says Nick Gresko.

Since 2012, $16,000 in scholarship money has been awarded.

The Third Annual Gresko Memorial Fund Golf Outing will take place Monday, August 10 at The Tanglewood Club in Chagrin Falls.

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