Man accused of killing Cleveland firefighter in hit-and-run arrested, police say

Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 9:16 PM EST

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland firefighter was killed Saturday night after being struck by a car.

The incident occurred on I 90 East near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Drive at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 19, officials told 19 News.

The firefighter was responding to a rollover crash when the car hit him.

Cleveland police said the firefighter, 51-year-old Johnny Tetrick, a 27-year-long department veteran, was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.

Officials with the Cleveland Police Fifth District confirmed Tetrick passed away from his injuries Saturday evening.

Johnny Tetrick
Johnny Tetrick(Source: City of Cleveland)

Bratenahl police confirmed they arrested the man suspected of the hit-and-run early Sunday morning.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Cleveland firefighter Johnny Tetrick and extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and fellow firefighters,” Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb said in a statement on Sunday. “Firefighter Tetrick was devoted to his work as a first responder and was a much-loved member of his family and his community. Our prayers go out to his entire family as the city mourns the loss of a colleague and a dedicated public servant.”

Cleveland Fire Chief Anthony Luke said in a video statement the department is “still standing watch” and is ready to serve whenever they are called upon.

The Cleveland Cavaliers also had a moment of silence for Tetrick prior to their home game against the Miami Heat.

Cleveland Cavaliers pay tribute to fallen firefighter Johnny Tetrick
Cleveland Cavaliers pay tribute to fallen firefighter Johnny Tetrick(Source: Cleveland Cavaliers)

Flags at all public buildings and grounds in Cuyahoga County as well as the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center and Rhodes State Office Tower were ordered to half-staff by Governor DeWine until sunset on the day of Tetrick’s funeral.

DeWine invited all other public buildings and grounds throughout the state to do the same.

“This is a tragedy. A tragedy for Firefighter Tetrick’s family and friends, but also for the Division of Fire and the city of Cleveland,” Cleveland City Council President Blaine A. Griffin said. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family.”

Tetrick’s funeral will be ‘tentatively’ held on Nov. 26 or Nov. 27, according to The Association of Cleveland Firefighters.

The suspect’s name has not been released at this time.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.