Law enforcement officials, community leaders and family members all paid tribute to the late Bay Village Police Chief Fred Drenkhan Saturday morning as a long funeral procession that started at St. Raphael Church on Dover Center Road moved through the community.
The procession followed a route past the Drenkhan family home and also under a large American Flag posted atop a fire truck at Cahoon Park. The procession continued to St. Joseph Cemetery in Avon where Mr. Drenkhan, 88, was interred.
Mr. Drenkhan was best known publicly as the first responding officer to the scene of the Sam Sheppard murder on July 4, 1954. In the community, Mr. Drenkhan was well-known as a soft-spoken, cordial community member who went on to become Chief of Police in 1965.
“Chief Drenkhan would always greet you with a smile and a handshake. He made it a point to inquire as to how things were going at the police station and asked that you’d tell the Officers he said hello. He was a true gentleman and will be missed,” said a current Bay Village Police officer in remembrance.