AKRON, Ohio — A popular Akron police officer who died from COVID-19 complications last week will be buried Saturday.
Officer Edward Stewart, 60, died Feb. 12 at Summa Akron City Hospital. He was hospitalized with COVID-19 in December.
A private funeral will be held Saturday, but the public can watch the police motorcade stop at the Akron Police Department for honors and presentation of the flag around 1:15 p.m.
"Please join us on High Street as we offer a final salute to our beloved officer Stew, who served the community with distinction," the department said.
Anyone wishing to attend the event in person can park in the Summit County and Polsky Parking decks free of charge. Police ask that no one park on S. High Street between East Bowery and East State streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We had all held out hope and offered prayer that he would recover, and unfortunately, he didn't and that's the tragedy here," said Lt. Michael Miller, who considered Stewart a good friend.
The veteran cop worked in the patrol division for 27 years. He was assigned to Platoon 3 and served as a transport wagon officer.
Stewart leaves behind a wife, two adult sons and two grandchildren.
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