AKRON, OH – The Akron Police department today is mourning the loss of one of their own. Edward, “Stew” Stewart, 60, a 27-year veteran of the police force lost his battle against COVID-19 this morning.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of Officer Edward Stewart, 60. Ed (affectionately known as Stew), passed away early this morning, Friday, February 12, 2021, after a courageous and lengthy battle with COVID-19 related complications,” The Akron Police Department said today.
Stweart began his career as a civilian employee in 1993 before pursuing his passion and joining the police academy in December of 1994.
After graduating from the academy, Officer Stewart was assigned to Platoon 3 and served the community as the transport wagon officer, where he remained, by choice, for his entire career.
“When needed, Stew was always one of the first to respond to assist his fellow officers, even in the most critical moments,” the department said. “Stew quietly left an indelible mark upon the Akron Police Department and community throughout his 27-year career. Stew was known to many for his unique thirst for knowledge, and an equal desire to share that with everyone throughout the department, regardless of rank.”
The department said Officer Stewart was equally known as a humble, community-oriented, public servant, who was always genuinely kind to everyone he met. One of Stew’s many gifts was his photographic memory, one he would routinely utilize to help enhance public safety.