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Quick-thinking citizens honored for heroism

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 23:21:18-05

A man accused of killing a Parma gas station owner during a November robbery may still be on the loose if it weren't for three quick-thinking citizens. 

The trio, plus a Parma police officer, were honored by Parma City Council for helping police capture their man.

Father and son Steve Oska, Sr. and Steve Oska, Jr. were in the gas station during the robbery. 

Dad grabbed the gun, while dodging bullets, and knocked the gunman in the head. Steve, Jr. then grabbed the man's wrist and twisted it until the gun fell.  

Both Oskas are deaf. They were given a certificate of commendation from Parma's Police Chief. 

"In spite of their inabilities to detect their surroundings that night, they saw what was happening and did what came to them naturally. Frankly, without their help that suspect would've gotten away," Chief Robert Miller said.

That suspect ran from the store, but a third man, Gregary Starkey, followed the getaway car. "I wish I could answer you why I followed him, but I did because he needs to be caught," he said. 

Starkey then called 911, giving police a partial license plate number, which he still remembers. "XYZ 5662," he recalled.

From there, officer Jonathan Fullerton was able to track down the suspect.

"It takes a lot of bravery and guts on their part and I'm glad they did because this is going to be a good outcome for us, for this case," Patrolman Fullerton said after receiving his certificate of commendation.

The accused killer, Logan Sinclair, is behind bars. He is charged with aggravated murder.

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