Ross Township police chief dies while on duty

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Tragedy struck Ross Township Tuesday when the township's police chief died while on duty.

Carl Worley was 57. He died Monday afternoon at Fort Hamilton hospital.

His last hours were spent doing what he loved - protecting the people of his township.

Ross Township Police Officer Gary Vaughn says that Chief Worley was responding to a call early that afternoon, and working with the Butler County Sheriff and City of Hamilton police departments, chasing a burglary suspect.

Worley was reportedly riding in a patrol car, parallel to officers who were chasing the subject on foot in the woods, along New London Road at Forest Run Reserve.

A lieutenant from Hamilton County Police tried to contact Worley, but the chief was found unresponsive inside his cruiser, and then transported to Fort Hamilton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His brothers on the force said he will be greatly missed.

"I met him back in 2002, he's super, he's going to be a great loss for the community of Ross, the citizens" said Officer Vaughn. "He was just a super chief, a great guy to work for, he's going to be deeply missed."

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

Worley entered law enforcement only in the 1990s, when he made a career switch. He became police chief more than six years ago.

Chief Worley leaves behind a wife Kathy. Funeral services are pending at this point. Chief Worley will be shown at Young's Funeral Home in Ross.

Copyright 2010 WXIX-TV and Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.