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Rising Sun Police Chief Remembered As Great Dad And Lover Of The Outdoors

Rising Sun Police Chief David Hewitt is being remembered for his deep love for his children and stepchildren and his passion for traditional bow hunting.

Hewitt died following a car accident on icy roads near Vevay, Ind., last week on his way to work.

Daughter Olivia Hewitt told the gathering inside the gymnasium at Rising Sun High School of how she'd forgotten her lunch that day and tried to call her father in hopes of meeting for lunch. He didn't answer.

"A week ago this morning our lives changed forever for the worse. Dad was a police officer, an outdoorsman, a leader, mentor and above all else he was my daddy," Olivia Hewitt said through tears.

Daughter Olivia Hewitt says she'll miss the hours she spent alone with her father in their tree stand.
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Daughter Olivia Hewitt says she'll miss the hours she spent alone with her father in their tree stand.

Hewitt's stepson, Jake Taylor, spoke of how Hewitt brought joy again to his mother's life and was a "balancing force" in his life as well, always there when he lost his way.

Hewitt, 49, joined the department in 1998 and was named chief in 2004. Before that he served with the Switzerland County and Dearborn County sheriff's departments and the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

A childhood friend of Rising Sun Police Chief David Hewitt takes a moment beside the casket after eulogizing his friend.
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A childhood friend of Rising Sun Police Chief David Hewitt takes a moment beside the casket after eulogizing his friend.

Friends say Hewitt could be found outdoors fishing and hunting in his spare time. He was particularly partial to traditional bow hunting and was a member of the Compton Traditional Bowhunters. He was set to become president of the organization in April.

His friend Kenny Davenport concluded: "When the flags get lowered to half-staff and the entire town turns out for your funeral and you need a gymnasium to accommodate your services; and when grown men are crying in their offices over your passing on to the next life, I'm pretty sure you lived the one you're leaving the right way."

You can read his obituary here.

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Rising Sun police officers serve as pall bearers for their chief, David Hewitt.
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Rising Sun police officers serve as pall bearers for their chief, David Hewitt.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.