Kettering mourns the sudden death of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer


Gene Fisher Memorial Badge - Greene County Sheriff's Office

Kettering, Ohio – The Greene County Sherriff’s Office announced Wednesday, November 17, 2021, that Greene County Sherriff Gene Fischer unexpectedly died Tuesday evening. Although details had not been released at the time this article was published, multiple media reports indicate that Fischer suffered a medical emergency Tuesday evening around 9:00 P.M. Fischer was in Sandusky Ohio attending the Buckeye State Sheriff Association (B.S.S.A.) Sheriff’s Convention. Reports indicate that Fischer was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. Medical staff pronounced Fischer deceased shortly after his arrival at Firelands. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was expected to release more details at some point on Wednesday.

Fischer’s loss will be felt throughout Greene County, including in the Eastern portions of Kettering that are in Greene County. Many law enforcement agencies, fire and EMS departments, and community leaders expressed their condolences to Fischer’s family and the community as a whole. In a Facebook post, the Kettering Police Department said “KPD wants to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Sheriff Gene Fischer, who passed away last night… We thank you for your years of dedicated service.”

Fischer has been a fixture in Ohio’s law enforcement community and in Greene County for many years. Fischer was a law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years. Fischer served as Greene County Sheriff from 2003 until his death Tuesday evening, and as a Xenia, Ohio police Officer from 1983 until he was elected Greene County Sheriff in 2003. Fischer was also a past B.S.S.A. President, having served in that role during 2015.

Fischer worked right up to his death, attending the B.S.S.A convention. He also appeared to still be active in regular department activities and the Department’s Facebook page included a Halloween post of Fischer in uniform out in the community interacting with trick or treaters.

Fischer was 65 years old and is survived by his wife Gail, and daughter Brittany. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered that flags at State facilities be flown at half-staff to honor Fischer. Reports also indicate that flags will fly at half-staff in Greene County until sunset the day of Fischer’s funeral, which has not been announced.

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