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Colleagues, friends share memories of Cleveland Firefighter Johnny Tetrick


CLEVELAND — Hearts are heavy at Cleveland Fire Station 22, where firefighter Johnny Tetrick worked for more than two decades before his death over the weekend.

“I am a better person working with Johnny Tetrick,” said firefighter Dan Zudic.

His colleagues, friends and family shared their most cherished memories of Tetrick, from his strong work ethic to his advice.

“When I was told that I would be assigned here, I didn’t know what to think,” said Zudic.

No one is a stranger to Tetrick, even if Zudic is a newbie at Station 22, affectionately known as “Double Deuces”.

“And you see Johnny Tetrick on the schedule, you know it’s going to be a good day,” Zudic said.

Tetrick had a larger real-life presence at the firehouse.

“His smile every day when he comes to work is contagious. When you leave, you want to be the best you can be,” said firefighter Ray Wacker.

Tetrick is known to be available for every call.

On this day, his helmet rests on the kitchen table, where any downtime means good laughs over good food.

Firefighter Robert Schwind said: “You don’t always get good Korean food at the firehouse, but he can make a great dish.

Tetrick died last weekend in a hit-and-run crash. He’s on a mission trying to save people after a crash on I-90.

Tetrick’s father is a retired Cleveland firefighter, a career Tetrick’s daughters say he has always aspired to.

“I begged him to retire because it’s a dangerous profession,” his father, Kris Tetrick, said.

Throughout the station, there are memories of that fateful night, including a plaque with his name and duties, his life as a firefighter, and what was most important to him.

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“It’s about guiding them through life, that’s all,” says his best friend, Greg Juatic.

Tetrick’s love for his daughters is evident when looking at his station locker. Paintings decorate both doors.

“This is our family. We grew up here, we come here for birthdays, Christmas and everything, so this is where he’s been, this is our family too” , said Falon, Tetrick’s daughter.

“He has been here for 25 years and I think a big part of that is that he is very loyal,” said his daughter, Eden.

Regan, his daughter, said: “They lost a brother and we lost a father.

“These girls are my girls now and I hope I do it right,” Juratic said.

Juratic describes his relationship with Tetrick as inseparable.

“A lot of times, my day revolves around his day and vice versa,” Juatic said.

Greg has two daughters of his own and turns to Tetrick for advice.

“His advice was paramount, you couldn’t get better advice,” Juratic said.

That sentiment was felt by his colleagues, both veterans and young soldiers.

“It made you a better person because you wouldn’t want to let Johnny down,” says Zudic.

Tetrick’s daughters say their father worked four jobs, that he loved helping people and always put others first.

His colleagues say Tetrick deserves a full arena this weekend as a tribute to his final goodbye and welcome to anyone who comes to pay their respects.

Here are the details of Tetrick’s funeral service, from a press release from the Cleveland Fire Department:

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 11 a.m (opens at 10 a.m.) at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 1 Center Court in Cleveland. The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and the Gateway complex are uniquely furnished and prepared to be funeral venues.

This service is open to the public.

The process route to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday is as follows:

  • Rt. 91 NB – Rt. 6 WB – Euclid WB – Dille/Nottingham NB – St. Clair WB – E. 79 SB – Superior WB – E. 9 NB – Erieside WB – Al Lerner Way WB – W. 3rd SB – St. Clair WB – W. 9 SB – W. Huron SE – Ontario SB – Carnegie EB – E. 9th NB – Bolivar WB – Under Parking.

Public parking for attendees is available at the East Garage.

The entrance to the public includes the Sherwin Williams entrance and the Cliff entrance located at the corners of Huron Road. and Ontario St. / Huron Rd and E. 6th St., respectively.

Close the road around the arena

  • Ontario/Huron Looking East
  • Ontario/Carnegie
  • E. 9/Carnegie
  • E. Day 9/Summer
  • E. 9th Court / Erie
  • E. The 9th Cemetery @
  • E. 9th / Bolivar – E/B Bolivar is open from E. 9th
  • E. 9th / Prospects
  • Huron / Prospects
  • E. Pl 9th ​​/ Huron
  • E. 8th / Huron
  • E. Saturday / Huron
  • E. Friday / Huron
  • E. 4th / High St

Cleveland Police will be on hand to direct and assist with traffic regulation.

Those who don’t plan to attend in person can watch the event’s live stream via the Cleveland Fire Department’s Facebook page Page.

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