Police Chief David Michael “Mike” Kirsch (1943-2019)


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Police Chief David Michael “Mike” Kirsch

Mike was born August 4, 1943 in Hamilton to former Hamilton Patrolman Bernard H. and Ethel M. (Bacon) Kirsch.  He attended Hamilton Badin High School and Garfield High School.  At Garfield he participated in Junior Achievement, Band, Homecoming Parade, and History Club and graduated during 1961.

Mike joined the Butler County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff about 1970.  Before 1982, he transferred to the Fairfield Township Police Department as a Patrolman.  He was promoted to Police Chief about 1984.  He served as Chief for sixteen years and retired during 2000 with a total of 30 years of service.

Chief Kirsch belonged to the Butler county Sportsman’s Club and the Knights of Columbus.  He was a member of St. Julie Billiart Church.

Chief Kirsch passed away peacefully on July 30, 2019 at Fort Hamilton Hospital.  He was 75.

Chief Kirsch is survived by his wife, Joan (Stephen) Kirsch; children, David (Nikki) Kirsch and Todd (Jennifer) Kirsch; grandchildren, Thomas Kirsch, Kyra Kirsch, Tristan Kirsch, and Kylee Kirsch; and brother, Jack Kirsch.

Visitation will be held 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in the vestibule of  St. Julie Billiart Church at 224 Dayton Street in Hamilton.  The service to honor his life will be held at 11 a.m. with Father Rob officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati.


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