Section of Cedar Road to become ‘Jason West Road’
At its Dec. 16 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed a resolution to name a section of Cedar Road from Coventry Road to Lee Road “Jason West Road” to honor the memory of Cleveland Heights Investigator Jason D. West, who was killed in the line of duty on May 26, 2007.
The resolution, which was introduced by Council Member Janine Boyd, recognized West for his dedication and devotion to the community he served as a police officer. It read, “This dedication is to be a daily reminder to our community and to all who pass by that we will never forget and we will always honor the ultimate sacrifice of Investigator Jason West.”
Boyd said she began working on the legislation after being approached in late 2012 by police officers and residents at a fundraiser for the Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship, which was established in his memory and is awarded each year to a Heights senior who plans to pursue a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. She investigated several roads before selecting the section of Cedar Road, which is close to West’s home.
Susanna Niermann O’Neil, assistant city manager, said that the city plans to install signage on both sides of the intersections of Cedar and Coventry roads, Cedar Road and Cottage Grove Drive, and Cedar and Lee roads. The signage will be installed in the spring and the city plans to hold an unveiling ceremony. “Because Cedar Road is a county road,” she said, “the city must send a copy of the legislation to the county before signage can be installed.”
“City council and staff—those who worked with him—have wanted to do this for a long time,” said O’Neil. “We are grateful for the work of all of our police, and Jason was such a wonderful person.”
Boyd said she is looking forward to holding the unveiling ceremony with West’s family and friends. “I hope our police officers know that we are grateful for them, the commitment they make, and the risks that they take for us. We miss Jason and Tom [Officer Thomas F. Patton] and hope their families are comforted by these small acts that we can do to honor their memory,” she said.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.