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Hero Down: Cleveland Police Officer Clayton Ellenberger Dies Unexpectedly

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Police Department (CPD) Officer Clayton Ellenberger died unexpectedly on Aug. 31, according to his family.

The CPD’s Fourth District announced the 38-year-old officer’s sudden death in a press release on Sept. 3.

“It is with greatest sadness that we inform you of the passing of Fourth District P.O. Clayton Ellenberger #1331,” the department said. “Clayton was an important and vibrant member of the Fourth District since he joined the Division in 2018.”

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

“The Fourth District would like to express our deep condolences to the Ellenberger family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time,” the agency said.

Officer Ellenberger “was a proud U.S. Marine” who served two tours in Iraq during his four-year military career, according to his obituary.

The Broadview Heights resident was a graduate of Penn State University.

“Clayton was loved by many and will be missed by all,” his obituary read. “He forever will be in our thoughts and in the hearts of his little girls.”

Many people offered their condolences in response to Officer Ellenberger’s online obituary.

“Clayton was such an amazing soul he was a gentle giant and a true honor to be around he could light up a room with his smile and funny humor,” one tribute read. “My prayers go out to everyone Clayton had the privilege to come across he made this crazy world a better place and will be missed until we meet again Clayton soar on like the Golden Eagle you are…love and respect.”

Officer Ellenberger leaves behind his wife, Diana, and his children, Lainey, Everleigh, and Adalyn.

He is also survived by his parents, sister, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Officer Ellenberger will be laid to rest on Sept. 10.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Cleveland Police Department Officer Clayton Ellenberger, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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