Indiana Deputy Sheriff Dead After Touching Low-Hanging Power Lines While Responding to Crash

An Indiana deputy has died after coming into contact with power lines, according to the sheriff's office he worked for

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Hendricks County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Fred Fislar, who died Tuesday, April 16 after he was injured by power lines
  • Deputy Fred Fislar of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana died early Tuesday, April 16, after he was electrocuted while responding to a car crash

  • The driver of the car involved in the crash reportedly struck a utility pole, leaving electrical wires hanging low

  • Fislar, who spent more than two years with the HCSO, leaves behind a wife and two children according to Sheriff Jack Sadler

An Indiana deputy sheriff has died after coming into contact with power lines, according to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Fred Fislar was critically injured on Monday, April 15, while responding to a single-vehicle crash near Plainfield, Ind., late that evening, according to a statement read by Sheriff Jack Sadler at a press conference shared by NBC affiliate WTHR.

Fislar was “investigating a crash scene at State Road 267 and County Road 300 South” when he came in contact with live wires and was electrocuted, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The sheriff’s office said a driver had struck a utility pole, leaving electrical wires hanging low by the car, according to the Kansas City Star and WTHR.

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A motorist saw the deputy down at 11:57 p.m. local time, and used his radio to notify dispatch of the situation, Sadler explained at the press conference.

Fislar was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition “after sustaining injuries from coming into contact” with the power lines, he added.

“Despite all life-saving measures,” Sadler said, Fislar died just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

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“It is a sad day for the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office and community today,” the sheriff told reporters.

Fislar had worked for the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office for more than two years prior to his death. He leaves behind a wife and two children, according to the sheriff.

Authorities said Fislar previously served as a Marine before joining the HCSO in 2021, per the Star.

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“We’re going to ask the community for prayers for Deputy Fislar’s family, our family and our community during this difficult time,” Sadler said Tuesday.

Police escorted Fislar’s body to the Marion County Coroner’s Office, where he was watched until he could be transported to the Hendricks County Coroner’s Office, according to FOX affiliate WXIN.

Rick Snyder, president of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, said, “An officer or Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputy will stand and stay with Deputy Fislar from now until the time he is laid to rest.”

The driver of the car that hit the utility pole was also transported to Eskenazi Hospital with serious injuries, said Deputy Chief Joe Aldridge, according to WTHR. Their current condition is unclear.

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