CLEVELAND -- His brother died a hero. Our entire community stopped to mourn Cleveland police officer Wayne Leon nearly 12-years ago.
Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon was killed in the line of duty. He left behind a wife, three children, and a legacy of heroic police work.
His brother, Dean, a 16-year-veteran of the Parma police force, continues the legacy.
While off duty last June, Dean saved the life of Adam Maynard, who was victim in a rollover accident near Brunswick on Interstate 71. Dean Leon gave him CPR. It saved Maynard's life.
Maynard was on the side of Interstate 71 with serious head and spinal injuries. Leon kept him alive with CPR and eventually got him breathing on his own.
His efforts will always be remembered as heroic but Leon says had Maynard remembered his seat belt they might not have been necessary.
Monday night he was given the Parma Lifesaving Award. Leon is one of only four officers to ever receive it.
"You think about events like this often. I was just glad to be able to help," Dean Leon said.
There isn't a day that goes by Dean isn't thinking of his brother, especially this day.
"He'd probably be one of the guys that would bust my chops a little bit, joke with me but he would be proud of me," Dean said.
Wayne died in the valiant pursuit of law and order. Dean continues that legacy with the same passion.