Deputies remember fallen K-9 officer

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is remembering the department’s police dog, Diesel, a year after his death while chasing a suspect.

Diesel died on Nov. 14th of 2020 after getting struck by a vehicle while pursuing a suspect onto Interstate 65. He served with Deputy Matt Bush.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said he remembers Diesel for the sacrifice he made in service to our community.

Hundreds of police and canine officers from around Indiana and the region attended services in Diesel’s memory, including a procession through the city and a public drive-through memorial at Fair Oaks Mall. The sheriff’s department received hundreds of cards, prayers and donations in Diesel’s name.

A portrait of Diesel now hangs in the lobby of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office.

Diesel started his service to the sheriff’s office in December 2016.

Photo: Diesel receiving his badge at a ceremony in December 2016 at the Bartholomew County Commissioners meeting.