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Akron council passes resolution asking that late officer's name be added to national memorial wall

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 25, 2013

Late Akron Reserve Officer Harold Winthrow's name was added this year to the Akron police department's memorial.

Now, the city wants to see his name on the National Peace Officers Memorial Wall.

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week urging the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to include Winthrow on the memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

Winthrow was shot through the spine in an incident in April 1965 that claimed the life of Officer Eugene Hooper and seriously injured Officer Frank Mancini. Winthrow died in 1993 from complications he suffered from the shooting.

The Akron Police Department's request that Winthrow's name be added to the wall was denied because he was a reserve officer. The city is now trying again.

"This man did lose his life in the line of duty," said Councilwoman Marilyn Keith, who has been circulating a petition to have Winthrow included on the national memorial. "It's just an atrocity that he name not be on the wall."

Councilman Mike Freeman said he and many others saw Winthrow sitting on the porch of his Manchester Road home in a wheelchair for many years.

Hooper and Mancini, who died last year, are on the national memorial wall.

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