Community, law enforcement agencies mourn the loss of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer

GREENE COUNTY — Multiple law enforcement agencies and members of the community are mourning the loss of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer.

>> RELATED: Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer passes away

Fischer passed away Tuesday night after suffering a medical emergency while he was attending a conference in Sandusky.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine:

“Fran and I are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of our friend Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Sheriff Fischer was dedicated to the law enforcement profession where he spent a majority of his professional career.

Fran and I first met Gene when he worked at the Xenia Police Department. What always struck me was how well loved he was by men and women who worked under him at the department, and he had that same strong relationship with the men and women who worked for him at the Sheriff’s Office. Gene combined that respect and love with a real relationship with the community. Sheriff Fischer was doing community policing before those techniques even had a name.

Fran and I extend our condolences to his wife, Gail; his daughter, Brittany; and his entire family.”

Rep. Mike Turner:

Beavercreek Police Chief Jeff Fiorita:

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost:

“My staff and I are heartbroken by the sudden passing of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Sheriff Fischer was a dedicated public servant who took pride in representing the people of Greene County for nearly 40 years, first as a Xenia police officer and then as the county sheriff for the past 18 years.

I am so grateful that just yesterday I was able to spend time with Sheriff Fischer. He has always been well-respected – and for good reason. I admire and appreciate his dedication to the residents of Greene County and to law enforcement. We offer our condolences to his family and his community. Sheriff Fischer will be greatly missed.”

Xenia Police Division:

“Last night Greene County and the State of Ohio lost a well respected member of the law enforcement community. Our hearts are broken at the death of Sheriff Gene Fischer and we would like to offer our condolences to Sheriff Fischer’s wife Gail, his daughter Brittany, Gene’s extended family and Gene’s law enforcement family at the Sheriff’s Office. For many of us here at the Xenia Police Division, Gene was more than just an elected official. Gene was a co-worker and friend. Before Gene became Sheriff he worked for the Xenia Police Division for many years, retiring from his position as a Patrol Sergeant so he could take over as the Sheriff. Once he became Sheriff, Gene could always be counted on to help us whenever we needed help, greet us with a handshake and a smile and then tell a really bad joke. We will miss him. Rest In Peace, Gene.”

Fairborn Police Department:

“The Fairborn Police Department offers our condolences to the family of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Sheriff Fischer died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 16th. Gene was a friend to all who knew him and will be sorely missed.”

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey:

“So sad. I have known and been friends with Sheriff Fischer for several years. Kay and I are at the conference and I spoke with him yesterday. We are keeping Sheriff Fischer and his family & the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in our prayers. RIP Sheriff and thank you for your service.”

Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson:

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the loss of Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Sheriff Fischer touched many lives during his 35 plus years he dedicated to law enforcement, the impact of which will not soon be forgotten. We send prayers from our agency to the Greene County community he served proudly.”

Former Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis:

“So sad to hear about the death of Greene County (OH) Sheriff Gene Fischer this evening. I knew him for just over a decade, spoke with him often, and considered him a good friend. He was a dedicated law enforcement officer who truly cared for his community. He will be missed.”