Twinsburg: Panini's remembers fallen officer in song

1:48 PM, Jan 30, 2011   |    comments
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He was known as Captain Justice, Mr. Invincible, The Pizza Man, a rock star, comic, husband and father.

Josh Miktarian wore many hats but at Panini's of Twinsburg, Miktarian's love of song writing and guitar is memorialized on stage.

In July 2008, Josh Miktarian was the first Twinsburg police officer ever to be killed on the job.

Some 200 friends, relatives, police officers and firefighters joined Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop, city council members and Police Chief Chris Noga for the dedication Saturday.

The plaque was hung on a side wall, easily seen by the fans who come here to watch the bands.

From this point forward, all musicians will dedicate their performances to the fallen officer.

Miktarian's widow, Holly Miktarian, was also among the crowd.

"It feels really good everyone still remembers Josh," Holly said.

Since his death, Holly has stayed busy raising their daughter Thea and is thinking about going back to school.

"I always had the thought of lecturing at the police academy. Josh's story should be told to cadets," Holly said.

She has carried on these last two years thanks to close friends and the police widow's support group on Facebook.

"It helps knowing I can share my grief with others," Holly said.

Holly is asking for prayers for "Bagio," Miktarian's police K-9. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Panini's opened September 9, 2010. Owner Jerry Spuzillo reached out to the police department to find out what he could do to honor Miktarian.

Spuzillo says dedicating the stage is the perfect way to remember officer Miktarian.

"His love of music and talent will always be remembered here on Panini's stage," Spuzillo said.

Miktarian played lead guitar for the Akron band "Barium."

"Superband" took the newly dedicated stage at 9 p.m., perhaps fitting for a cop who was always thought of as a super hero.



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