SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
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Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department was the recipient of two
awards at this year's Ohio Attorney General's Conference held at
the ColumbusConventionCenter on September 15.
The first presentation went to Lieutenant John V. Kosek,
Sr., whoreceived the Mark Losey Distinguished Law
Enforcement Service Award recognizing his 50 years of service
in law enforcement. After four years of service in the Navy,
including active duty in Korea, he began working as a police
officer for the city of East Cleveland. Over the years, John worked
his way through the organization, achieving the rank of lieutenant.
He was recognized for his heroics on the nationally-syndicated
television show "Top Cops." Kosek joined the Ranger
Department in 1990 and serves as a Division Lieutenant.
The Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award
was presented to Cleveland Metroparks Rangers for solving two waves
of vehicle break-ins that victimized park visitors over a two-year
period. Several local businesses were connected with these
crimes and 13 individuals were arrested and plead guilty on 51
felony counts in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Cleveland Metroparks Rangers joined forces with the Ohio Bureau of
Criminal Identification and Investigations, Medina County Drug Task
Force, and the Ohio Department of Taxation Enforcement to solve
this crime spree. Stolen property, electronics, $17,000 in cash,
numerous weapons, and illegal tobacco products were seized along
with fraudulent business records that later determined that one
business owed more than $131,000 in unreported state taxes.
Cleveland Metroparks Rangers are the law enforcement officers of
the Park District. Rangers patrol over 21, 000 acres of land
24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Photographs of the award recipients are