Lieutenant Ed Lentz is the first CPF POM repeat winner! In July 2017, the Lieutenant was named POM for his community policing efforts. These included working with Catholic Charities to bring winter coats to children in need and helping the CPF and Cuyahoga Board of Health to coordinate Cops N Cribs, a program to provide cribs and education to underprivileged families.
This month, Lieutenant Lentz is being honored for noticing a house fire in the Tremont area and taking immediate action. After he notified dispatch of the fire and his intention to make an entry, Lentz kicked in the door and proceeded. The home was fully engulfed in flames when he noticed a dog shaking on the couch, frozen in fear. The Lieutenant grabbed the dog, “Jethro,” and handed him to a citizen who helped the dog out of the house. Lieutenant Lentz then exited the home and made sure the cars on this narrow street were moved to allow access for the arriving Cleveland Fire Companies.
The firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze with no reported injuries. The cause was determined to be accidental-electrical.
It is because of his dedication and devotion to the community of which he serves that the Cleveland Police Foundation once again honors this Hero in Blue and is proud to name Lieutenant Ed Lentz its Police Officer of the Month for August 2020.
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About the Police Officer of the Month Program
The Cleveland Police Foundation – in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge 8 – is proud of the Police Officer of the Month program. The program’s purpose is to recognize members of the Cleveland Division of Police who not only perform their duties in an exemplary and extraordinary manner, but also excel in efforts that are consistent with a major tenet of the CPF’s mission to strengthen the bonds between citizens and police officers… building bridges, creating opportunities for dialogue, and forging positive relationships within the community.
Already aware that officers in the Cleveland Division of Police routinely go out of their way to help their fellow citizens, committee members are not surprised by the large number of candidates. With so many outstanding officers, selecting one recipient per month proved to be a somewhat daunting task.
When asked why bestow these awards, CPF Executive Director Charles W. Lane, Jr. states, “In today’s busy world, while some deeds may seem fairly insignificant, we hold out hope that such random acts of kindness may have a significant impact on a person’s life. Even if not, it’s nice to know that our police officers do for others what they would want someone else to do for a member of their family if the opportunity presented itself.”
Police officers across this great country perform similar deeds day-in and day-out, with little fanfare and really not seeking, nor even wanting recognition. We commend these officers for their compassion and personal commitment to making our city a better place to live.