Akron says farewell to beloved town marshal - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Akron says farewell to beloved town marshal

Posted:

In a town of roughly 1,100 people, one death can touch a lot of lives.  "In a place like Akron, Indiana, this leaves a hole in everyone's hearts," said Pat Brasi.

That is especially true when that death is one of the two police officers for the whole town. Last week, Marshall Tim Fleck passed away due to a heart attack while on duty. He was only 49 years old. A friend said he had high blood pressure, while another friend reported that his father had more than one heart attack before his death.

Brasi is the Senior Chaplin for the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders. He and his guard led the funeral procession.  "Tim like all members of law enforcement are the people that we actually look up to," explained Brasi, "and that's why we're here today, to honor him and honor his service."

Needless to say, in the town of Akron, everybody knows everybody.  Community members say it will take time to adjust after losing a trusted member of law enforcement who served 25 years on the force. Akron residents we spoke to said they will always cherish Tim's memory.

Chad Hartzler has lived in Akron his whole life.  Hartzler says there are many things he'll miss about Tim.  "Just that friendly smile, caring attitude, and so the community is going to miss that, that smile," said Hartzler.

Carmen Wilson used to babysit Tim's kids and said he was well-liked by children and adults. "I think it's just the security of having him around. Knowing that he's always there for any of us, not only as our officer but as our friend," said Wilson.

Town Board President, Crystal Weida said that Tim was the only Marshall she had ever known, so the loss was an emotional one.  "He could sometimes be very stern, but he was a very compassionate person," Weida said.

The funeral was well attended at Akron Church of God, and bystanders waved American flags beside the curb for the procession.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 2-year-old dies after rescue from backyard pool

    2-year-old dies after rescue from backyard pool

    Authorities say a 2-year-old girl has died after she was pulled from a backyard pool at a central Indiana home.More >>
    Authorities say a 2-year-old girl has died after she was pulled from a backyard pool at a central Indiana home.More >>
  • Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
  • South Bend man arrested after police say he held two women hostage, stored drugs at their apartment

    South Bend man arrested after police say he held two women hostage, stored drugs at their apartment

    A South Bend is man is in custody and facing eight felony charges after police say he assaulted his girlfriend, took her and her friend hostage, and used their apartment to store drugs.Police say 26-year-old Robert Hollins took his 29-year-old girlfriend hostage in her apartment on the 3500 block of S. High St., alongside her 23-year-old female friend.More >>
    A South Bend is man is in custody and facing eight felony charges after police say he assaulted his girlfriend, took her and her friend hostage, and used their apartment to store drugs.Police say 26-year-old Robert Hollins took his 29-year-old girlfriend hostage in her apartment on the 3500 block of S. High St., alongside her 23-year-old female friend.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.