Ohio Police Officers and Firefighters Are Never Off Duty
An Off Duty Cop Who is Injured is always considered on duty and can make a workers compensation claim in Ohio
An off-duty police officer was fatally shot early Sunday at a pub in northeast Ohio after he approached a patron described as ‘unruly’ who was carrying a firearm, police said.
Police identified the deceased officer as Justin Winebrenner, 32, a seven-year veteran of the Akron Police Department who once pulled a man from a burning vehicle.
Winebrenner was shot at the Papa Don’s Pub in Akron at about 2am. A spokesperson from the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said the officer died shortly after the shooting, just before 2.30am.
Four others were shot at the time as well, police Chief James Nice told reporters at a news conference.
One of the victims was another off-duty police officer who was grazed by a bullet and suffered minor injuries. Three patrons were hospitalized with possibly life-threatening injuries, which Nice described as ‘significant.’
Nice did not release the names of the other victims but said the three hospitalized included two men and one woman. All are expected to survive.
Another story of an off duty civil servant killed tragically involves the longtime firefighter Larry “Gomez” Heczko, who was killed while working off-duty at a construction site,