Bastock, 47, was the man who began the Christmas Luminaries event two years ago when when candles are lit and people gather to honor fallen safety officers in Stow and surrounding communities.
The banner that is used during the luminary event that reads, "Remembering Those Who Held the Line" is up at the police department and a few candles and flowers lay below it.
"Jon set that whole event up. It's tragic that next year's event will have a candle commemorating him. He was such a strong, jovial guy, it's just hard to believe we lost him," said Stow City Councilmember Mike Rasor.
"The banner is in place in honor of Officer Bastock and as a reminder of his service," said Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker. "It would be appreciated if people would say a prayer for him and his family as they drive by."
Bastock, a resident of Cuyahoga Falls, was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Summa Western Reserve Hospital. He was on injury leave, recuperating from knee surgery a few weeks ago, said Dirker. He said Bastock injured his knee on a call in early January.
The cause of his death is pending, according to a spokesman for the medical examiner.