Rewards increased in deaths of two off-duty Cleveland firefighters

RAW: Press conference over increased reward for firefighters' homicides
Published: Dec. 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2014 at 12:03 AM EST
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Lt. William Walker (Source: City of Cleveland)
Lt. William Walker (Source: City of Cleveland)

Additional reward money is being offered in the homicides of two off-duty Cleveland firefighters. Crime Stoppers and the Cleveland Fire Dept. made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday.

Members of the Cleveland Fire and Police Dept.'s were be in attendance, as well as family members of Theodore J. Wright, Jr. and William Walker.

Local 93 has stepped up, and through their own fundraising efforts have added $10,000 to each reward offered for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Wright was shot while driving his pick-up truck back in May. The bullet went through Wright's left arm and into his body.

After being shot, he lost control of his truck and hit a utility pole at Classen and East 71st Street in Cleveland. He died at the accident scene. The 32-year veteran was assigned to Station Number 43.

Police are also still hoping to solve the murder of off-duty Cleveland fire lieutenant William Walker. He was ambushed outside his home on Cleveland's east side in November of 2013. Cops say someone shot Walker in the chest several times. He died at Metro.

If you know anything about either of these crimes call Crime Stoppers 216-252-7463. Or email a tip at You can get a reward and remain anonymous.

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