At the age of 26 a young skinny kid from Price Hill, they called “slim” joined the Cincinnati PD, the year was 1939, and that kid was Victor J. Hyland, my grandfather. He served on Cincinnati’s Police Department for 33 years.
Much of his tenure was spent in District 3 which serves Price Hill, where I also grew up. Vic became a Lieutenant and was always proud to be called Lieutenant Hyland even in retirement.
Growing up, he quizzed us grand kids on the names of the US Presidents, the 50 states, each state capital and many events of history. He was a Patriarch and Patriot. A family man with moral values, ethics and class.
When I turned 35 at the end of last year, I thought about what Lieutenant Hyland had gone through by my age. Vic lived through the Great Depression, became a Cincinnati Police Officer, was drafted along with 158 other Cincy PD’s into World War II, was a husband to my Grandma Ange, and a father.
I thought, by comparison, I have not done much. So my goal is to honor the 159 total men who were CPD’s while in World War II. The Cincinnati Police Museum has them listed here: http://police-museum.org/greater-cincinnati-police-history/cincinnati-police-in-world-war-ii/
My goal is to have a plaque for the 159 CPD-WWII. And this plaque will be located at the new facility on Bald Knob Hill. They were all just regular guys doing ordinary things did back in the 1940s, and what was ordinary back then is actually extremely extraordinary.
Thank you for your time, and consideration.
The Cincinnati Blue Line Foundation provides additional resources and specialized training to improve the effectiveness of our police force and strengthen ties within the communities that each district serves. The CBLF fills voids in funding for the specific purposes of equipping our police force with better technology and safety equipment.
We host events as a grass roots effort to build relationships and bonds within Cincinnati neighborhoods and surrounding areas to strengthen police support. Collaborative programs instills a mutual pride in community involvement and betterment.
We are raising Funds as part of the "KICK OFF" to the Cincinnati Blue Line Foundation. The goal for 2021 is to build a 7 acre police enrichment campus for the Cincinnati Police Officers. The new campus will turn a virtual hillside in Fairmount on Bald Knob Hill into an inviting community destination. This facility will allow collaboration between various groups in our wonderful tristate area. As well as, serve as a location to host youth soccer games for community involvement.
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Long term goal is a privately funded facility in Fairmount: