Although I never worked with Sgt. Bruin my partner and myself did cross paths with him on occasion at labor/strike situations, always found him to be fair and level headed. On one situation in downtown Cleveland in the early 70's I unknowingly walked into a robbery in progress where several weapons were involved, the city did not have enough portable radios to go around so I was unaware of the "robbery in progress" call at this clothing store. A matter of seconds after being in this place I realized their was a serious situation in progress. At this time a traffic officer, Sgt Bruen and his partner Det. Jack Slattery came rushing in and very bad situation was resolved and I was spared what could have been a very bad day. I never forgot this day.
My sympathy to the family. May this MAN rest in peace.
Bill Leonard, CPD ret., Avon, Ohio