Parma Officers Say Goodbye to Veteran Supervisor

Today, the men and women of the Parma Police Department said goodbye to a fellow officer who recently passed away. Sgt. Nicholas Hunter, a 30-veteran officer and shift supervisor, suffered a medical emergency and died while on his way to the police station on September 12th.  In an emotional day filled with tears and remembrance for a beloved, dedicated and respected colleague, father, son and brother, Parma Police Chief Joseph Bobak and his command staff, current and retired Parma Police officers, family members, Parma firefighters along with Parma Fire Chief Mike Lasky, Parma Safety Director Bob Coury, and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, gathered earlier this morning at Busch Funeral Home on Ridge Road to say their final goodbyes. The procession went from Busch Funeral Home to St. Anthony of Padua Parish on State Road. During emotional eulogies from officers, family members, and Parma Police Chaplain Father John Paul, a former police officer himself, Sgt. Hunter was remembered for his kindness, self-less service to our community, and his distinguished service to our nation during his six-years in the U.S. Navy. After the service at the church, the procession left St. Anthony’s and proceeded to Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, where Sgt. Hunter will be laid to rest. The Parma Police Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute and a U.S. Navy Honor Guard detail presented Sgt. Hunter’s parents with the U.S. flag. The ceremony included a dedication to Sgt. Hunter's service to the Parma community in a last call with the Parma Regional Dispatch Center. The men and women of the Parma Police Department would again like to offer our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Sgt. Hunter’s fiancé, parents, children, siblings and all of his extended family and friends.  Our hearts are broken as our brother will be deeply missed.  Rest in peace Nick.

The Parma Police Department would also like to give a special thank you to Busch Funeral Home and St. Anthony of Padua Parish for their generosity and kindness, and to the men and women of the many local police departments who joined us today in not only remembering and honoring Sgt. Hunter, but joining in the procession. We would also like to thank the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Cleveland Police Department who ensured that the procession was able to make it safely to Lakeview Cemetery.         

Nicholas Hunter