Alliance police officer, Sebring village councilor dies

ALLIANCE – An Alliance police officer who was also a Sebring Village councilor has died.

Patroller Joseph Amabeli, 35, died Wednesday, according to Gednetz-Ruzek & Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service’s website.

Several area police and fire departments posted messages on Facebook Wednesday expressing their condolences.

Amabeli, a 2005 Sebring McKinley High School graduate, joined the Alliance Police Department in 2015. He previously served as a patrol officer for the Sebring Village Police Department.

He was one of five Alliance policemen who helped rescue a woman from a vehicle which was submerged in the Mahoning River in 2020.

Amabeli was elected to the Sebring Village Council last fall and chaired the safety committee.

“He was a reputable citizen, and we were really happy to have him on council. He brought a lot to council in a short time,” village mayor James Harp said.

Harp said Amabeli was an “outstanding young man” who meant a lot to the Sebring community.

Amabeli was inducted into the Sebring Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. He played basketball, baseball and football for the Trojans.

“It’s a sad day in the land of Troy. Thoughts and prayers to the Amabeli family. Joe was kind enough to speak to our players ahead of the season to give us his words of wisdom and what it means to be a Trojan Horse of Sebring. Joe, you will be missed but never forgotten. Once a Trojan, always a Trojan,” reads a post on the Sebring Boys Basketball Facebook page.

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