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Southern Indiana reserve deputy of more than 30 years dies of COVID

Rick Hirtzel worked for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Rick Hirtzel worked for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.(Jackson County Sheriff’s Department)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 11:05 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Rick Hirtzel of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, a reserve deputy of more than 30 years, died after a battle with the coronavirus.

Sheriff Rick Meyer wrote in a tribute post on Facebook that Hirtzel was always on hand to provide security at local events. Hirtzel was regularly a security guard at the Brownstown Speedway, Fort Vallonia Days, and the Tampico Tractor Pulls.

Hirtzel was always available to answer calls on the road, according to Meyer, and was a great help to full-time deputies on the force.

“We will miss you and appreciate your service,” the post said.

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