Western Cuyahoga Lodge #25 of The Fraternal Order of Police was formed in 1936 for the purpose of bettering conditions of police officers. In a conversation with F.O.P. charter member Paul Parobeck, he relayed that in 1935-36, the members of the Lakewood Police Department were very concerned about working conditions, including wages, number of hours worked, and retirement benefits. Aware of their concerns, State F.O.P. Vice President Herbert A. Moore invited several Lakewood officers to attend a State F.O.P. meeting in Akron, Ohio. After attending the Akron meeting, the Lakewood officers felt that the F.O.P. was an organization that was prepared to help with their concerns of working conditions.
On May 5th, 1936, Herbert A. Moore held an organizational meeting at Lakewood Police Headquarters. Lakewood officer Cecil R. Bull was appointed chairman. At this meeting the name of our Lodge was selected by vote as "Western Cuyahoga". Two other names that were in the running were "Lakewood Lodge" and "Westshore Lodge".
On May 12, 1936, the first meeting of Western Cuyahoga Lodge #25 was held. Between May 5 and May 12, 1936, all 49 members of the Lakewood Police Department along with members of Berea Police Department , Rocky River Police Department, and Fairview Village Police Department were sworn in as charter members of Lodge #25. At this same meeting, Cecil R. Bull was elected as the first President of Lodge #25, and the dues were set at $4.00 per year.
Seventy years later, the F.O.P. is still the strong voice of police officers in the Westshore area serving police officers in Avon Lake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Metro Parks, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Rocky River, Westlake, State and Federal Agencies.
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