When Lt. John Detchon made a bid for county sheriff in 2012, his supporters called him an honest, pulls- no-punches kind of guy.
“In my 15 years of sworn law enforcement service with the Ohio Highway Patrol and 29 years of operating my own company, I have had the privilege of working for and with some of the finest professionals in the field, and Detchon is at the top of that list.”
That is how a letter to the editor that appeared in the Medina Gazette at that time written by D.J. VanMeter described Detchon.
“In short, he is everything that he says he is. He is honest, dedicated to the profession and one of the few, very few, natural leaders I have known.”
Detchon’s run for the county’s top cop was unsuccessful, but the longtime Montville Township resident is today remembered as more than just a man who wanted to be sheriff.
Detchon died Friday at age 74.
“It was an honor and a privilege to be able to serve with the man for as long as I was able to,” said Chief Deputy Kenneth Baca. “He was a great warrior of the law enforcement community.”
Detchon’s law enforcement career spanned 47 years and included service as an Ohio Highway patrolman and deputy sheriff in both Lorain and Medina counties.
During his time working with the Medina sheriff’s office, Detchon commanded every division and was well-respected.
“I think that individuals like the lieutenant are born with the desire to serve the community,” said Baca. “… He was great to work with. He was an individual that had a lot of foresight. He was a problem-solving individual.”
Detchon always had a passion for knowledge and was instrumental in shaping new methods for management in law enforcement.
According to his obituary, Detchon also taught thousands of future law enforcement officers from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine as an instructor for Van Meter and Associates.
As such, his supporters were from far and wide when his name appeared on the ballot.
Detchon is survived by his mother, Kathryn Donaldson; wife of 26 years, Kim and his children, Bryony, Jaron, Alex, Morgan and Erin.
Per his instructions, there will be no funeral or viewing services however, charitable donations can be made in his memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.