Colleagues, friends share memories of Cleveland firefighter Johnny Tetric

CLEVELAND. Hearts were heavy at Cleveland Fire Station 22, where firefighter Johnny Tetrick worked for more than two decades before his death over the weekend.

“I got better working with Johnny Tetrick,” said firefighter Dan Zudik.

His colleagues, friends and family shared their most cherished memories of Tetric, from his strong work ethic to his advice.

“When they told me that they would send me here, I didn’t know what to think,” Zudich said.

No one was a stranger to Tetric, even when Zudik was the new guy at Station 22, affectionately known as “Double Deuce”.

“And you saw that Johnny Tetrick was on the schedule, you know it’s going to be a good day,” Zudic said.

Tetric had a huge presence in the fire department.

“His smile every day, coming to work, was contagious. When you left, you wanted to be the best you could be,” said firefighter Ray Wacker.

It is known that Tetrik was always ready for any call.

On this day, his helmet was on the kitchen table, where any downtime meant laughing at a good meal.

“It’s not often you get a good Korean meal at the firehouse, but he could make a great meal,” said firefighter Robert Schwind.

Tetrik died last weekend in a car accident. He was on duty trying to save lives after the crash on I-90.

Tetric’s father is a former firefighter from Cleveland. Tetric’s daughters say that he has always dreamed of such a career.

“I begged him to retire because it was a very dangerous occupation,” said his father, Chris Tetrick.

Throughout the station, there are memories of that fateful night, including a plaque with his name and duties, his life as a fireman, and what mattered most to him.

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“It was about leading them through life, that’s all,” said his best friend Greg Juratic.

Tetric’s love for his daughters was evident from one glance at his locker at the station. Paintings adorned both doors.

“This is our family. We grew up here, we came here for birthdays, Christmas and all that, so here he was, this is also our family,” said Tetrika’s daughter, Falon.

“He’s been here for twenty-five years and I think a big part of that is that he’s fiercely loyal,” his daughter Eden said.

“They lost a brother and we lost our father,” his daughter Regan said.

“These girls are now my girls, and I hope that I will do everything right,” Yuratik said.

Yuratik described his relationship with Tetric as inseparable.

“My day often revolved around what his day was, and vice versa,” Yuratik said.

Greg has two girlfriends of his own and turned to Tetrik for advice.

“His advice is of paramount importance, you can’t think of a better advice,” Yuratik said.

This feeling was felt by his colleagues, both veterans and younger crew.

“It helped you get better because you didn’t want to let Johnny down,” Zudik said.

Tetric’s daughters say their father worked four jobs, loved helping people and always put them first.

His colleagues say Tetrik deserves a full arena this weekend as a tribute to his final goodbye, and salute everyone who comes out to pay their respects.

Details of Tetric’s funeral service, from a press release from the Cleveland Fire Department, are below:

The memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00. (doors open at 10am) at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 1 Center Court in Cleveland. The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and the Gateway complex are uniquely equipped and prepared for a memorial service.

The service is open to the public.

The procession route to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday is shown below:

  • rt. 91 NB – st. 6 WB – Euclid WB – Dille/Nottingham NB – St. Clair WB – E. 79th SB – Superior WB – E. 9th NB – Erieside WB – Al Lerner Way WB – W. 3rd SB – St. Clair WB – W. 9th SB – W. Huron SE – Ontario SB – Carnegie EB – E. 9th NB – Bolivar WB – Under garage parking.

Public parking for visitors is available at the East Garage.

Entrance gates for the general public include the Sherwin Williams Entrance and The Rock Entrance located at the corners of Huron Road. and Ontario st. / Huron Rd and E. 6th St. respectively.

Roads closed around the arena

  • Ontario/Huron Eastbound
  • Ontario/Carnegie
  • E. 9th / Carnegie
  • E. 9th / Sumner
  • E. 9th / Erie Court
  • E. 9th @ graveyard
  • E. 9th / Bolivar – E/B Bolivar is open from E. 9th
  • E. 9th/Prospect
  • Huron / Prospect
  • E. 9th Square / Huron
  • E. 8th / Huron
  • E. 7th / Huron
  • E. 6th / Huron
  • E. 4th / High Street

Cleveland Police will be on site to direct and assist with traffic.

Those not planning to attend in person can watch the event live streamed via Facebook Cleveland Division of Fire. page.

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