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Hendricks County deputy dies after being electrocuted at crash scene

Hendricks Co. deputy dies after contact with downed power lines – 8 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Hendricks County Sheriff’s deputy died late Monday after coming into contact with downed power lines at the scene of a single-vehicle crash.

Hendricks County Sheriff Jack Sadler held a press conference at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis early Tuesday morning and confirmed the death of Deputy Fred Fislar.

Sheriff Sadler says the crash happened around 11:50 p.m. Monday just north of State Road 267 near Plainfield.

A spokesperson with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office told News 8 that the vehicle had crashed into a utility pole, knocking it down the powerlines. At some point, Fislar came in contact with the powerline.

About five minutes after arriving on scene, a witness reported seeing Fislar down, according to Sadler.

Fislar was transported in critical condition to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The driver of the crashed vehicle was taken to a hospital in serious and stable condition.

Indianapolis police officers later escorted Fislar’s body from the hospital to the Marion County Coroner’s Office. Police officers later escorted Fislar from Indianapolis to the Hendricks County Coroner’s Office in Danville.

“This is a sad day for the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office,” Sadler said. “Our heart is broken.”

Fislar had been with the sheriff’s office for 2½ years. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Procession for Hendrick’s County deputy leaving the Marion County Coroner’s Office


“It is with deep sadness that we must inform our community of the passing of Deputy Fred Fislar. Last night, Deputy Fislar responded to a motor vehicle crash near Plainfield and came into contact with down power lines. Deputy Fislar was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.

“We are working on gathering resources to support our employees as we grieve and work our way through this tragic loss.

“Please keep our brother, Deputy Fred Fislar, his family and our law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook at 4:25 a.m. April 16, 2024

“Clover Nation mourns the loss of one of our beloved fathers, sons, husbands, and friends Fred ‘Freddy’ Fislar. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.”

Cloverdale High School

“On behalf of the @IndStatePolice, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Fislar. We stand united in support and ask our community to keep Deputy Fislar and his loved ones in their thoughts and prayers.”

Sgt. Steven Glass of Indiana State Police on X

“Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office following the passing of Deputy Fred Fislar. May he rest in peace.”

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on X