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Chief of Police Vern L. Ervin | French Lick Police Department, Indiana French Lick Police Department, Indiana

Chief of Police

Vern L. Ervin

French Lick Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 17 years

Badge # FL1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Died in prison

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Chief of Police Vern Ervin was shot and killed by a subject at a service station.

The man had been firing a 12-gauge shotgun in the area and was being searched for by several agencies. He had just shot out the windshield of a West Baden Springs Police Department cruiser. As Chief Ervin approached him the man shot him in the head, killing him.

The man was sentenced to life in prison, where he later died from natural causes.

Chief Ervin had served with the French Lick Police Department for 16 years and had previously served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, three grandsons, and five siblings.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
May 4, 2013

 

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