Reserve Deputy Sheriff
James Richard 'Rick' Hirtzel
Jackson County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Age: 55
Served: 32 years
Badge #: 36-32
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Duty-related illness
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Incident to Death Duration:
73 days
Incident Location:
476 East County Road 100 South, Brownstown
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Incident Township:
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Burial Place:
Riverview Cemetery, Seymour

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   Reserve Deputy Sheriff James Hirtzel died from complications after contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during an ongoing global pandemic.

   After becoming infected while working during the Jackson County Fair, he was hospitalized before being transferred to Kindred Hospital in Indianapolis, a long-term acute care facility, where he remained until he passed away.

   Reserve Deputy Sheriff Hirtzel is survived by his wife, Julie (née Peacher); son, Dwight; daughter, Chelsea; father, Morris; two brothers, Joel and Karl (Diane); and two sisters, Leeann (Mike) Kelley and Katrina.

Military Service

United States Air Force

Historical Notes

• Reserve Deputy Sheriff Hirtzel is the sixth of six Indiana line of duty deaths in 2021.
• He is the first line of duty death of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
• His line of duty death is the fifth that has originated from Jackson County.
This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility as a line of duty death is subject to our Policy for Law Enforcement Officer Deaths due to COVID-19.


Sheriff Richard S. Meyer
Jackson County Sheriff's Department
150 East State Road 250
Brownstown, Indiana  47220-2000
(812) 358-2141

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