North Ridgeville, OH – North Ridgeville Police Department (NRPD) Captain Edward “Marti” Garrow died on Wednesday following a brief battle with cancer.
“We lost another good one,” the NRPD said in a Facebook post. “It doesn’t quite seem real… but for as horrible as cancer is it gives you a wonderful gift. It allows you to say goodbye. It allows you to make amends and say things that need to be said before regrets are cemented for eternity.”
“[He] passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family,” his obituary read.
The 52-year-old captain’s career with the NRPD began in December of 1989.
Over his three decades of service, he spent time as a field training officer, crisis intervention team member, crash re-constructionist, detective bureau supervisor, and emergency vehicle driving instructor, according to his department.
Capt. Garrow was also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA).
“Marti was always bigger than life and a true icon here… a true leader,” the NRPD said. “More than all of that though, Marti was a good human. He was doing this job for the right reasons and he taught a lot of us things that we carry to this day.”
North Ridgeville Mayor David Gillock said that Capt. Garrow was a valued member of the community and the department, The Chronicle reported.
Gillock described the longtime captain as a “cop’s cop.”
“His relationship with us has always been really great,” the mayor added. “He served the residents. He was in it for the right reasons and we saw that every day.”
North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman said Capt. Garrow was a “very educated officer,” and that he “took his duties seriously,” The Chronicle reported.
Capt. Garrow coached kids’ wrestling in his off-time, and he and his wife were the founders of the still-active Columbia Youth Wrestling Club, according to the NRPD.
“Marti was a proud family man,” the department noted. “His wife, Robin and he had four boys [Shane, Sean, Corey, and Hayden] that are all equally good humans and made him proud every day. The duty to serve runs deep in the family with Shane serving as a United States Marine and Corey serving as soldier in the United States Army.”
Capt. Garrow is also survived by his grandson, parents, and siblings, according to his obituary.
“We are going to miss Marti tremendously but he died knowing how much he was loved,” the NRPD said. “So long, Marti. Watch over us, now just as you did in life. Our passenger seats are always open brother.”
Capt. Garrow will be laid to rest on Oct. 14.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of North Ridgeville Police Department Captain Edward “Marti” Garrow, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.