WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - The daughter of fallen Willoughby and Cleveland Clinic Police Officer Jason Gresko received a special surprise toy on Sunday.
Three-year-old Olivia Gresko was presented a custom wooden rocker built in her father's honor from Hero's Rock , a local non-profit organization based out of Mantua, Ohio. The organization selects a fallen hero and holds a contest to build a tribute rocker for their children. These rockers are built completely from the generosity of people who wish to honor these brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
The hand crafted wooden Crown Victoria police car rocker Olivia received was built by Trott Wood Creations . One side has one side painted to represent the Cleveland Clinic Police Department and the other side painted to represent the Willoughby Police Department.
On Sept. 21, 2012, 32-year-old Gresko was responding to Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby. Police said the officer was driving north on Harmony Lake when a pickup truck turned into the path of the cruiser. Gresko swerved to avoid the truck and hit a tree.
The driver of the truck, Scott Leland, pleaded guilty on July 15, 2013, to aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence. Leland was sentenced on August 26, 2013, to four years in jail, a one thousand dollar fine and a license suspension for 10 years.
Gresko worked part time in Willoughby since 2003 and was a full-time officer with the Cleveland Clinic Police Department. He left behind a wife and his young daughter Olivia.