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North Ridgeville police captain passes away after cancer battle

"Marti was always bigger than life and a true icon here."
Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department/Facebook

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — The community of North Ridgeville is remembering the life of police captain Marti Garrow, who passed away after what was described as a 'short fight' with cancer. 

Captain Garrow served with the North Ridgeville Police Department for 30 years. He began his career with the force in December of 1989 and would go on to serve as a member of the department's Crisis Intervention Team, a field Training Officer, a crash re-constructionist, an emergency vehicle driving instructor, and a detective bureau supervisor.

"It doesn't quite seem real. Marti was always bigger than life and a true icon here," wrote North Ridgeville Police Chief Michael Freeman on the department's Facebook page. 

In addition to his work with the North Ridgeville Police Department, Captain Garrow was a wrestler and coached for the Columbia schools. He also built a facility to train in at his home. He and his wife Robin founded the Columbia Youth Wrestling Club, which is still active today. Marti and Robin Garrow have four sons, two of whom serve in the Armed Forces. 

"So long, Marti. Watch over us, now just as you did in life. Our passenger seats are always open brother," wrote Freeman at the end of the post.