Untold stories of Officer Jacob Derbin, killed in line of duty

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — A massive funeral procession was captured Saturday as Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin was laid to rest, and the I-Team has found some untold stories about him.

Near the start of the procession, we noticed something you don’t normally see for an officer killed in the line of duty: A white pick-up truck.

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But, Officer Derbin was one-of-a-kind. Even his final good-bye was unique. Jacob’s fiancé rode in his white pick-up truck. He loved his truck. And, he had his own love story as he had been planning to get married.

But, he was taken away at age 23. Police say a gunman ambushed him as he responded to a call for domestic trouble. And, investigators say the gunman, later, took his own life.

Jacob’s bosses have pointed out, he knew in high school he wanted to be a cop. A photo shows he played football wearing a bandana with an American flag and a thin blue line honoring police.

Euclid Police Captain Mitch Houser said, “I thought, this kid’s in high school, and he knew exactly what he wanted and where he was headed.”

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Jacob Derbin came from a law enforcement family. And, this week, his mother spoke of Jacob as a little boy with his grandfather.

Dawn Derbin said, “My son idolized my dad who was a police officer for 27 years.”

She added, “It was his dream to become a police officer.”

Of course, Officer Derbin’s death was marked by a big funeral. But, we’ve learned his death even touched people around the world.

The Euclid police chief says he got an email from someone in South Africa. Somehow, a woman there saw some report about what happened. She sent an email saying officer Derbin reminded her of a loved one in her family.

But, the impact of the loss of officer Derbin is being felt most, here, in Northeast Ohio. And, strangers lined the streets to watch and pay respects.

One woman broke up as she said, “They just do so much. They put … They put their lives on the line …”

Another bystander said, “It’s important that people stand up for this.”

Still, another said, “I decided to come here yesterday and today to support the community.”

And, finally, a bystander said, “And, we’re just here to show our love.”

Jacob Derbin loved his truck, loved his family and much more. He died doing what he loved —protecting and serving.

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