Flags are flying at half-staff at Mayfield Heights City Hall in honor of Sgt. Gregory Michl, 47, who passed away on Sunday.
Calling hours are from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Redmon Funeral Home, 3633 Darrow Road, Stow, and a funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, 10439 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg.
Mayor Gregory Costabile said Michl had been battling cancer, which had been thought to be in remission.
"It's hard to put into words. It's a sad day for many reasons," Costabile said. "He was a dedicated father and husband. He had such a passion for kids and for helping others."
Costabile said he first met Michl when the officer started the Juvenile Diversion Program and Costabile served as the first magistrate.
"I think a lot of people are still relatively numb," Costabile said. "We're trying to come together, as any family does in a time of need."
Michl, a 21-year veteran of the Mayfield Heights Police Department, also served as the Mayfield Middle School Resource Officer.