Submitted by his wife
Larry Sweetnich was an 18 year veteran of the Garfield Heights Fire Department. He was 51 years old when he died at the firehouse on March 15th‚ 2003.
His love and legacy lives on though me‚ our 3 children‚ his family‚ and the community he lived in all his life and served for.
Larry knew everyone in the city and everyone knew him. He felt living in the city he worked in kept him in tune with the community. He was very devoted to our family and to the children in the city‚ which was very evident. He was a coach for our children for baseball and softball. The kids he coached had such respect for him. He was constantly teaching and spreading safety knowledge without anyone realizing it.
He was a sensitive and passionate man with a great sense of humor. Larry could tell a story like no one else and had a memory that was untouchable. He has such respect for people and nature. He was good at whatever he did.
Larry lived life to the fullest with the bare necessities. It was always all about family with him.
During his life‚ he served in the Army Reserves‚ was an EMS instructor for the state of Ohio‚ an adult CPR instructor for Garfield Heights High School and was a Communications Specialist for Metro Hospital’s Life Flight. He did volunteer work; coaching and giving first aid classes and CPR classes to the baseball leagues and cub scouts. Anyone who called‚ Larry was there.
He loved to cook. Larry made the best ribs in town; just ask his family and his shift! He also enjoyed fishing and golfing. When you could not find him‚ he was at Ladue Reservoir‚ fishing of course!
Larry was and still is a big impact on many lives. He always knew the right thing to say. He loved with all his heart and in our hearts we see him everywhere. He is and always will be the love of our lives.
He is survived by me‚ his wife of 21 years‚ our 3 children‚ Jennifer‚ Nicholas‚ and Jerrica‚ his mother‚ three brothers‚ sisters in law‚ brothers in law‚ nieces‚ nephews‚ and his fellow firefighters of the Garfield Heights Fire Department‚ and departments across the country.
This is such a wonderful honor and privilege for Larry and all of us. We are so proud of him and the other firefighters honored this year and other years.