MENTOR, Ohio — State representatives announced Wednesday the passage of House Bill 276 that will rename a portion of Route 2 after Officer Mathew Mazany, the Mentor police officer who was killed in the line of duty after 14 years of service with the Mentor Police Department.
Officer Mazany died on June 24, 2018 while assisting another officer on a traffic stop on State Route 2. He was standing outside of a police cruiser when he was struck by a Jeep Wrangler.
Mazany was 41 years old and he left behind a son, father, and a brother. Born in Maple Heights, his father served as an officer for 34 years. It was Mathew's childhood ambition to be a policeman. Over the years, the Mentor officer received letters from residents thanking him for his professionalism while out on patrol.
"He loved the midnight shift. He liked working with the younger officers," said Mentor's Chief of Police Kevin Knight.
Brian Anthony, the man who struck and killed Mazany last year, was sentenced to a maximum sentence of 11.5 years in prison.