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It's been 2 years since officer David Fahey was killed in the line of duty

Posted at 1:43 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 13:43:27-05

CLEVELAND — It's been two years since Cleveland Police Officer David Fahey was struck and killed on Jan. 24 while responding to a crash on I-90.

Fahey was struck and killed while laying flares along I-90 in January 2017. He was hired on July 1, 2014, and assigned to the First District.

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Israel Alvarez, the man convicted of killing officer Fahey, was sentenced to 12 years in November.

Fahey was also a U.S. Navy veteran. Following his death, his family released a statement expressing his love for the city of Cleveland and said above anything else, Fahey loved being a Cleveland policeman.

Fahey's mother Jackie Ketter, a retired police officer, gave an emotional statement at Alvarez's sentencing about her oldest child. She said they shared a special bond and reminisced about how she helped him train for the academy.

"As a mother, you have an instinctive need to protect your child. For the rest of my life, I will carry the guilt that I wasn't there when David needed me the most...You robbed me of my last goodbye. Losing David has affected every hour of every day," she said.