GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – On Friday in Girard, the community honored Officer Justin Leo who was killed five years ago in the line of duty.
Leo was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute in the city on October 21, 2017.
He was just 31 at the time of his death.
At the Girard High School football game, players put special memorial stickers on their helmets. They read “JL 324,” which was Leo’s badge number.
The crowd also held a moment of silence for him.
“Class of 2004. I coached Justin in baseball when he was a kid. He always gave back to the community. He coached, he refereed. He was a pillar of the community,” said Mark Zuppo, school board president and announcer.
Girard seniors were also recognized at Friday night’s game.
An annual memorial walk/run was also held on Friday. Plus, throughout the city, yard signs can be seen that say “Never Forget.”
His parents, David and Pat Leo, also started a foundation in his name to carry on his legacy of paying it forward.