Erik Gilleland, a former detective with the Dublin Police Department, died April 5 after a battle with cancer, according to Dublin public-information officer Melanie Amato.

The city hired Gilleland May 4, 1999, and he retired March 28, 2019. During his career, he served as detective, technical accident investigator, field training officer and awards-committee member, and he was on the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

Before he began his career in Dublin, he served as a police officer in Bexley and a deputy sheriff in the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

He graduated from St. Charles Preparatory School and was a member of the Shamrock Club of Columbus and the Emerald Society and was president of the Columbus Currach Club.

"Erik was a cherished member of our police department with his larger than life personality and wonderful heart," interim Chief Justin Paez said. "Our family will truly never be the same without him. As we collectively mourn the loss of such a tremendous officer, detective, colleague, teacher, mentor, friend and brother, we will also continue to do all we can to support his family."

Gilleland is survived by his wife, Paula, and children, Molly and Bryan.

A private funeral service will be held next week.

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