IN departments watch over brother in blue ahead of services for late Rising Sun chief

Watching over a brother in blue

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Rising Sun Police Chief Dave Hewitt will be laid to rest Wednesday after a single-car crash recently took the 49-year-old’s life.

As family and friends wait for the services to pay their respects, several police departments from southeast Indiana are watching over their brother in blue. Officers are working in shifts to stand watch over the late Rising Sun police chief.

“We all come together and we provide a security detail for Chief Hewitt until the time that he is laid to rest,” Aurora police Officer Jason Siekman said. “It’s just a way to honor him and show respect for his commitment and service to his community.”

On Monday evening, officers Siekman and Jon Kolb of the Aurora Police Department were stationed at the Markland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Rising Sun High School. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the high school. The school district announced they will have an early release day on Feb. 19 and closed on Feb. 20 for the services.

“We acknowledge that this causes dilemmas for families and we apologize in advance. In turn, the school willoffer Latchkey services on Tuesday at the OCEMS from 1:30-5:30 with bus service at 4:30 to assist families in this hardship. The OCEMS will also host a camp day for grades PreK-6th grade on Wednesday from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Bus service is available, but parents will need to contact the school by phone if they are in need of bus service,” school officials said.

Memorial donations may be made to Compton Traditional Bowhunters. All donations will go toward their youth program.

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