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Akron police officer dies after 'lengthy battle' with COVID-19

Rest well, officer Edward Stewart. Thank you for your service.
Credit: Akron Police Department / Facebook
Akron police officer Edward Stewart.

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron community is mourning the death of police officer Edward Stewart, who passed away early Friday “after a courageous and lengthy battle with COVID-19 related complications.” He was 60 years old.

The Akron Police Department confirmed the news on Facebook, noting that officer Stewart was affectionately known as “Stew.”

“Stew began his career as a civilian employee in 1993 before pursuing his passion and joining the police academy in December 1994,” the department posted. “Stew was assigned to Platoon 3 and served the community as the transport wagon officer, where he remained, by choice, for his entire career.”

Even in the most critical moments, the Akron Police Department said Stew was always one of the first to respond with assistance for fellow officers.

“Stew quietly left an indelible mark upon the Akron Police Department and community throughout his 27-year career. Stew was known to many for his unique thirst for knowledge and an equal desire to share that with everyone throughout the department, regardless of rank.”

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An account has been set up at the Akron Fire and Police Credit Union for Stewart’s family. Donations can be submitted to the following addresses:

217 South High Street, 5th floor

Akron, OH 44308

Or...

1810 Buchholzer Boulevard

Akron, OH 44310

Make checks payable to AFPCU and the money will be given directly to his family.

“Stew was equally known as a humble, community oriented, public servant, who was always genuinely kind to everyone he met. One of Stew’s many gifts was his photographic memory, one he would routinely utilize to help enhance public safety.”

Rest well, sir. Thank you for your service.

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