The Westlake Police Department held a retirement ceremony for Karoly "Chuck" Petrik, who has served as the WPD's Vehicle and Building Maintenance Technician for the last 21 years.
Petrik held one of the most demanding jobs in the City, as he was tasked with the upkeep of the Police Station, as well as the department's fleet of police vehicles.
He also was called upon for several building renovation projects, including installing new lighting, painting, and building entire rooms.
Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough thanked Petrik for all he has done for the City during his two decades of service and presented him a Proclamation naming Nov. 30, 2021 in his honor.
Police Chief Kevin Bielozer noted that the job Petrik filled required a unique skillset that few possess. He also highlighted how Petrik's story of success perfectly encapsulates the idealized American Dream. Born in Hungary, which was controlled by the Soviet Union at the time, his family fled to the United States when he was a young boy. After staying with family in Lakewood for awhile, the family settled in North Olmsted, where Petrik graduated high school.
Many of his colleagues described Petrik as humble, hard-working and always willing to offer help when they needed it. The officers gave him a going-away present and presented a slideshow with photos of Petrik with his colleagues over the years.