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Mother of Fallen Euclid Officer Jacob Derbin Speaks Out

Ed Gallek and Peggy Gallek

5 hours ago

EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – The Fox 8 I-Team is revealing the story behind the life of the officer who was just kidnapped.

He grew up in a family of first responders and had already made his own impact.


On Saturday night, Euclid Officer Jacob Derbin was doing his job when he responded to a disturbance call at a home. Seconds after arriving he was ambushed. He never came home

At only 23 years old, and after only 9 months on the Euclid police force, he was shot and killed.

This summer, Jacob had planned to marry his high school sweetheart.

He had served in the Army National Guard, serving a tour in the Middle East. Once he got home, he became a police officer, as did his father, who also works in the department.

His mother tells the I-Team that she is very proud of her son.

“My Jakey was an incredible, special and unique young man. He protected his family, his country, and his community. He is my hero. He had his whole life ahead of him. We were all looking forward to seeing him marry his soulmate in July. His life was a fairy tale. “My baby had a heart of pure gold,” said his mother.

His mother, who asked that we not use her name at this time, said Jacob’s grandfather was also a police officer in another local community.

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said Jacob was “an incredible human being.”

“Just a big heart,” the chief said. “He had an incredible smile. The world is a better place with him in it. “

A mother lost her son on Mother’s Day weekend. Euclid lost one of the department’s best, just as the nation begins an annual week of events commemorating fallen officers.

“The city is heartbroken,” said Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail. “We are really lost. “This is a senseless tragedy that did not have to happen.”