Family of Mentor officer killed during hit and run releases statement

MENTOR, Ohio - The family of the fallen Officer Mathew Mazany—the mentor officer who was killed during a hit and run over the weekend— releases a statement for the first time following his death.

"Through our grief and tears, my family and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the community and to the Mentor Police Department for the outpouring of support that we have received. We are humbled and so deeply touched beyond words by our community for standing with us and supporting us through this tragedy"— The Mazany Family.

Over the weekend, Officer Mazany was called as backup on State Route 2 to help with an arrest of a passenger who had a warrant out from another agency. He was standing outside of another police cruiser when he was struck by a Jeep Wrangler, according to Mentor police.

"He loved the midnight shift. He liked working with the younger officers," said Mentor's Chief of Police Kevin Knight.

Funeral arrangements have also been scheduled on Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Monreal Funeral Home, located at 35400 Curtis Blvd, in Eastlake. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at the Mentor Fine Arts Center, located at 6477 Center St. in Mentor.

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