Colleagues, pals share reminiscences of Cleveland firefighter Johnny Tetrick

CLEVELAND – Hearts have been heavy at Cleveland Hearth Station 22, the place firefighter Johnny Tetrick labored for greater than 20 years earlier than his loss of life over the weekend.

“I am a greater individual working with Johnny Tetrick,” mentioned firefighter Dan Zudic.

His colleagues, family and friends have shared their fondest reminiscences of Tetrick, from his sturdy work ethic to his suggestions.

“Once I was instructed that I might be assigned right here, I did not know what to assume,” mentioned Zudic.

Nobody was a stranger to Tetrick, not even when Zudic was the newcomer to Station 22, affectionately known as “Double Deuces”.

“And also you noticed Johnny Tetrick was on the schedule, you already know it was going to be a very good day,” Zudic mentioned.

Tetrick had a rare presence on the firehouse.

“His smile on daily basis he walked into work was infectious. While you left you wished to be the most effective you needed to give,” mentioned firefighter Ray Wacker.

Tetrick was identified to at all times be prepared for any name.

On this present day, his helmet sat on the kitchen desk the place any downtime meant good laughs over good meals.

“It isn’t usually you get a very good Korean dish at a hearth station, nevertheless it might make an ideal dish,” mentioned firefighter Robert Schwind.

Tetrick died final weekend in a deadly accident. He was on obligation making an attempt to avoid wasting lives after an accident on I-90.

Tetrick’s father is a retired Cleveland firefighter, a profession the Tetrick daughters say he at all times wished.

“I begged him to retire as a result of it was such a harmful occupation,” mentioned his father, Kris Tetrick.

All through the station are reminders of that fateful night time, together with the board along with his title and obligation, his life as a firefighter and what mattered most to him.


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“It was about guiding them by life, that is all,” mentioned his finest buddy, Greg Juratic.

Tetrick’s love for his daughters was evident from one take a look at his station locker. Footage embellished each doorways.

“That is our household. We grew up right here, we got here right here for birthdays and Christmas and every little thing, so that is the place it was, that is our household too,” mentioned Tetrick’s daughter Falon.

“Twenty-five years he is stayed right here and I feel a number of that’s as a result of he is fiercely loyal,” mentioned his daughter, Eden.

“They’ve misplaced a brother and we have misplaced a dad,” mentioned his daughter, Regan.

“These ladies are actually my ladies and I hope I get it proper,” Juratic mentioned.

Juratic has described his relationship with Tetrick as inseparable.

“My day revolved round what his day was a number of occasions and vice versa,” Juratic mentioned.

Greg has two girlfriends and requested Tetrick for recommendation.

“His recommendation is essential, you may’t get higher recommendation,” Juratic mentioned.

That sentiment was felt by his colleagues, each the veterans and the youthful crew.

“That helped make you a greater individual since you would not need to let Johnny down,” Zudic mentioned.

The Tetrick daughters say their father labored 4 jobs, cherished serving to folks, and at all times put others first.

His colleagues say Tetrick deserves a full enviornment this weekend as a tribute to his final farewell and welcomes all to come back and pay their respects.

Particulars on Tetrick’s memorial service, from a Cleveland Hearth Division press launch, are beneath:

The funeral service shall be held on Saturday 26 November 2022, at 11:00 (doorways open 10am) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 1 Heart Courtroom in Cleveland. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and the Gateway Complicated is uniquely geared up and ready to be the venue for the memorial service.

The service is open to the general public.

The processional path to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday is as follows:

  • Rt 91 BB – Rt 6 BB – Euclid BB – Dille/Nottingham BB – St Clair BB – E. 79th SB – Superior WB – E. ninth NB – Erieside BB – Al Lerner Manner BB – W. third SB – St.Clair BB – W ninth SB – W Huron SE – Ontario SB – Carnegie EB – E ninth NB – Bolivar WB – Underground Parking.

Normal participant parking is accessible on the East Storage.

Entrance gates for most of the people embrace the Sherwin Williams Entrance and the Cliffs Entrance situated on the corners of Huron Rd. and Ontario St. / Huron Rd and E. sixth St., respectively.

Street closures across the enviornment

  • Ontario/Huron eastbound
  • Ontario/Carnegie
  • E.9° / Carnegie
  • E.9/summer time
  • E. ninth / Erie Courtroom
  • E.9 @ Cemetery
  • E. 9 / Bolivar – E/B Bolivar open from E. 9
  • E.ninth / Perspective
  • Huron / Perspective
  • E. 9 Pl / Huron
  • E. eighth / Huron
  • E. seventh / Huron
  • E. sixth / Huron
  • E.4th / Excessive St

Cleveland Police shall be on web site to direct and help with site visitors move.

These not planning to attend in individual can view a reside stream of the occasion by way of the Cleveland Division of Hearth Fb web page.

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