Day Marks Death of Police Officer

Michael Hartzell

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Monday marks the 10th anniversary of Youngstown police officer Michael Hartzell’s murder.

Hartzell was fatally shot in the line of duty in 2003 during a traffic stop in Youngstown. Hartzell had stopped a vehicle, driven by Martin Koliser, in front of Powers Auditorium around 2:30 a.m.  As Hartzell was checking the license plate, Koliser stepped out of the vehicle and shot him.

On Monday morning officers with the Youngstown police department heard the following call on their radios:

“Attention all cars, attention all cars. Let’s observe a moment of silence for our fallen officer Michael T. Hartzell. Shield number 1085. End of watch April 29, 2003, 02:19 a.m. Forever missed, never forgotten. God speed, Mike.”

Koliser was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death but committed suicide in jail in 2005.

Hartzell, 26, had been on the police force for three years. .

An annual bike run, sponsored by the Blue Knights of Youngstown, is held every June in Hartzell’s name.

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