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Road to be dedicated in name of fallen officer


A road will be named after former Cleveland Heights police Officer Jason West, an Avon native killed in the line of duty in 2007, in the city where he worked.

The stretch of Cedar Road, from Coventry to Lee roads, will be named after West, according to Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelley.

Kelley said City Council approved a resolution Monday, and signs will be erected in the area next year.

Kelley said honoring West was appropriate. The city similarly recognized former police Officer Tom Patton, who was also killed on duty, with the renaming of a portion of Mayfield Road.

“(Their deaths) are basically the hardest things I’ve had to deal with as mayor,” he said.

West was responding to a Cleveland Heights fight report when he was shot in the face as he got out of the police cruiser, which was blocking the driveway as a sport utility vehicle tried to leave the scene in May 2007.

The shooter, Timothy Halton Jr., was sentenced to life in prison. Halton, who reportedly had mental health issues and had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication, fired several shots at West, and he was identified by witnesses.

West grew up in Avon and graduated from Avon High School in 1994. He had worked for the Avon Police Department as a dispatcher before joining the Cleveland Heights Police Department as an officer.

West was 31 when he died.

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