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Hamilton police sergeant killed in off-duty crash

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Hamilton police have declared a 30-day mourning period in memory of a sergeant killed in an off-duty accident Tuesday.

Sgt. Gerald Butler, 55, was driving his personal vehicle home from work about 10 p.m. when he crashed on Ohio 177 near Oxford, police confirmed.

Butler, a 21-year veteran of the department, has been working as a patrol supervisor. He lived north of Hamilton.

Police spokesman Sgt. Ed Buns called Butler a "tremendous family man" who is married with children, including  a son in the U.S. Air Force. He also was a grandfather.

He was promoted to detective in 2006 and then sergeant on Jan. 30, 2010, Buns said. He also served as a DARE officer and VICE detective. 

Police Chief Craig Bucheit released the following statement Wednesday:

“I want to thank all those who have reached out to express their condolences and offered assistance to Jerry’s family and our officers. Jerry was known as a family man and a great officer who was well liked, admired, and respected by his fellow officers. Our focus now is helping his family and those who were closest to him through this very difficult time.”

A preliminary investigation indicates Butler veered off the right side of the roadway, overcompensated, and went off the left side of the roadway then struck a telephone pole, Butler County officials said.

Visitation for Butler is Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Princeton Pike Church of God. A funeral service will follow. A funeral procession will travel to Rose Hill Burial Park.

A family spokesperson requested donations be made to charity in lieu of flowers. 

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