Since 1891, the City of Ashtabula Police Department has lost four dedicated police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in protecting and serving the citizens of Ashtabula.
Ptlm. Jacob Heffelfinger – March 4, 1918
Ptlm. Howard Ritter - December 18, 1932
Ptlm. Eino Toivola - October 21, 1957
Ptlm. William D. Glover, Jr. - November 18, 1997
A Part of America Died, Author Unknown
Somebody killed a police officer today
And part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court
Demanding all of his rights
While a widow and mother must work for the kids
And spend many long, lonely nights.
The Streets where he worked were a battlefield, too,
Just as if he’d gone to war.
Though the flag of our nation won’t fly at half mast,
He’ll stay in our hearts evermore.
Somebody killed a police officer today.
It could happen in your town and mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost has a beat on a dark city street,
As he stands at each rookie’s side.
A cop answered the call,
Of himself gave his all,
And part of America died…