Tuesday, December 9, 1997
City thanks slain heroes
Firms, residents find ways to give

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Elyse Blakey owes her success to Daniel Pope, the beat cop who told her she could.

Ms. Blakey was flipping hamburgers at White Castle when she met Officer Pope two years ago. She wanted a better job and he encouraged her as she moved to another retail job before landing work at a marketing firm in Norwood.

''When I wanted to apply for this new job, he told me 'You're bright, you're going to get it,' '' Ms. Blakey said.

Before meeting Officer Pope, Ms. Blakey said, she lacked the self-esteem to make a better life for herself and her daughter, now 8 years old. Officer Pope knew mother and daughter because Ms. Blakey lived and, at the time, worked in Northside, which is patrolled by Officer Pope's District 5.

''To me, he was the brother I never had,'' Ms. Blakey said.

Like so many family, friends and even strangers, Ms. Blakey was remembering Monday how her life had been touched by Officer Pope and Officer Ronald Jeter.

She and a friend put up professionally made posters honoring the slain officers Monday at the Fraternal Order of Police Memorial, at Ezzard Charles Drive and Central Avenue. The posters contained their names as well as their badge numbers.

''They will be greatly missed,'' Ms. Blakey said.

Ms. Blakey was part of a steady stream of mourners at the memorial.

The slain officers and the families left behind were remembered all over the city Monday, as banks and businesses offered to pay tribute.

  • Fifth Third Bank announced it will begin accepting donations today at area locations for the Dan Pope-Ron Jeter Memorial Fund, which will be given to the families to help with funeral costs.

  • Jacor-owned radio station Mix 94.1 is playing a ''Police Tribute'' song that is available for $10. Proceeds will go to a trust fund set up for the slain officers at Star Bank, which also is accepting donations. The tribute song is Blessid Union of Souls' ''I Believe'' mixed with excerpts of listeners' reflections and the dispatcher ordering police units to the apartment where the officers where gunned down. Copies are available at the station, 1906 Highland Ave.

  • Hamilton County Courts will be in recess Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. While personnel will be in the courthouse, the judges in common pleas and municipal courts will not be conducting their dockets. Despite the recess, all afternoon arraignments scheduled in municipal court Wednesday and Thursday will be held.

  • Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls has canceled tonight's ''Mayor's Night In,'' in which citizens visit her office.

  • City council has canceled its Wednesday meeting so members can attend Officer Pope's funeral.

  • City and county workers wore black and blue ribbons in honor of the fallen officers.

    The largest public tributes are to come with the funerals of Officer Pope and Spc. Jeter.

    Police Chief Michael Snowden compared the planning of the funerals to preparing for a presidential visit.

    Officer Pope's funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at downtown's St. Peter in Chains Cathedral at Eighth and Plum streets. Police are considering using the convention center and council chambers for overflow crowds.

    Police expect a huge procession to the burial at Spring Grove Cemetery.

    Another procession will be to Spc. Jeter's funeral Friday in Columbus. Ten buses have been donated for officers, police spokesman Lt. Tim Schoch said.

    In addition to the funerals, visitation for Officer Pope will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, 5527 Cheviot Road, with a Fraternal Order of Police service at 7 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided today from 12:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. from the Sam's parkinglot, 5375 North Bend Road, to the funeral home.

    Arrangements also have been made for parking in the the old Walgreen's lot across from the funeral home. Winton Savings and Loan and Cheviot Savings and Loan will allow parking in their lots after 5 p.m.

    Visitation for Spc. Jeter will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hall Jordan Funeral Home, 2625 Gilbert Ave. Friday's procession to Columbus will begin at 9:45 a.m. from the funeral home, ending at the Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road. There, a eulogy is scheduled for 1:45 p.m., followed by a procession to Evergreen Cemetery at Woodland and 17th streets.

    Tanya Bricking, Kristen DelGuzzi and Laura Goldberg contributed to this report.

    Today's report

    911 boss admits error likely
    Updated funeral information
    Shock, grief and guilt Laura Pulfer column
    Killer's family visits his home
    Many officers limited in experience
    Forces across Tristate take heed
    Names to be added to memorial

    Monday's report

    Argument preceded shooting
    Tragedy puts face on job Cliff Radel column
    Families lean on faith, memories
    Friends, acquaintances mourn
    Grief stays, say families who know
    Police deaths declining

    Sunday's report

    Community mourns fallen officers
    Suspect's family: He was 'respectful'
    Sequence of events
    Officers highly regarded
    Officers deal with sorrow, job's risks
    Chief's message: 'Take care of each other'
    Hollister St. residents shocked