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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette police are mouring the loss of one of their own.
According to Lafayette police, Officer William Meluch died on Christmas Day after battling cancer for more than a year.
He was hired as an officer in January 2006. His journey to become a police officer started out with his volunteering as a VIP (Volunteers in Policing), which led to his hiring as a Lafayette police officer.
During Meluch's career as a police officer, he was actively involved in the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the LPD Honor Guard, Bike Patrol Unit, and the Civil Disturbance Unit.
His assignment during his career was in the patrol division.
Chief Patrick Flannelly said this is the first time in decades LPD has lost an active member of the department.
He expressed deepest sympathy for Meluch's family and released this statement to WLFI:
"His outgoing personality and self-deprecating humor will be missed immensely. Bill was passionate about his desire to become a police officer, and had a strong desire to be a part of making a difference in the lives of those he came in contact with each and every day. Bill was not only a dedicated police officer, but a good friend and someone who always found the time to listen and to make those around him laugh. Bill’s humility, courage, and selfless dedication to help others is an example for us all to follow."
Funeral arrangements are pending.