Police Officer Garry Edward Fritsch  P-538  (1942-2020)


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Police Officer Garry Edward Fritsch

Garry was born June 12, 1942 in Cincinnati to Edward R. and Elvera (Eiserman) Fritsch.  He attended Norwood High School where he played football and was a member of the Spanish Club and Sigma Alpha Tau.  He graduated during 1960.

Garry worked as a driver/salesman for the Coca-Cola Company from 1960 to 1966 and for Schoenling Brewing Company from 1966 to 1967.

Garry joined the Cincinnati Police Division as a Police Recruit on November 19, 1967.  He was promoted to Patrolman on February 25, 1968, issued Badge 538, and assigned to District 5 (1012 Ludlow Avene).  Exactly five years later, he transferred to District 1 (310 Lincoln Park Drive) where he spent the next 22 years.  Police Officer Fritsch retired out of the District 1 Investigative Unit on April 8, 1995 with 27 years of service and 27 letters of appreciation and/or commendation, including three from Police Chiefs.

Officer Fritsch was diagnosed in 2018 with bladder cancer.  After a two-year battle, he passed away on April 8, 2020, exactly 25 years after his retirement, at the age of 77.

He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Linda L. (White) Fritsch less than a year ago.  He is survived by his children, Lisa Fritsch and Toni Sarbach, and grandchildren, Baylee Sarbach, and Cole Sarbach.


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2 thoughts on “Police Officer Garry Edward Fritsch  P-538  (1942-2020)

  1. Gary and his family were my neighbors for many years. We became close friends and did many things together including trips to Lake Erie fishing, to Lake Cumberland house boating and so much more.
    He was an honest and a forever friend I miss him greatly.

    Tim Baker

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