Remembering Keith Cash

Yesterday, members of IU Bloomington and the surrounding community, including around 250 law enforcement personnel, gathered at IU Auditorium to celebrate the life of IU Police Chief Keith Cash, who passed away unexpectedly last week at age 50.

Law enforcement personnel join the IU Bloomington community in celebrating the life of IU Police Chief Keith Cash.

Law enforcement personnel join the IU Bloomington community in celebrating the life of IU Police Chief Keith Cash.

Friends, family and officers who served with Chief Cash, a 29-year veteran of the IU Police Department, took the time to remember a man who was lauded for his professionalism, unwavering commitment to serving and protecting the IU community and, perhaps most of all, his irreverent sense of humor, which he used regularly to diffuse tense situations and to build a deep sense of camaraderie among those with whom he served.

Fellow officer Stephen Winenger spoke movingly about Cash’s hearty laugh, friendship and mentorship during sometimes trying times. Others, including University Director of Public Safety Jerry Minger, expressed their admiration for how easily Cash moved among the many constituents he served, including university administrators, faculty, staff and students, and members of the local community. Family members thanked all in attendance for helping to remember a man who will be greatly missed.

The celebration of life ceremony was followed by a law enforcement procession, which traveled from the IU Auditorium to IU Police Department headquarters, where Cash’s family was presented a flag and there was a gun salute.

A law enforcement procession followed the celebration of life ceremony to IU Police Department headquarters.

A law enforcement procession followed the celebration of life ceremony to IU Police Department headquarters.

For more on the life of Keith Cash, visit the Protect IU blog, which includes a fond remembrance from Mark Bruhn, IU associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Keith C. Cash Memorial Fund, c/o of the IU Foundation, PO Box 500, Bloomington, IN 47402. Contributions received will be used to benefit the IU Police Department, the IU Police Academy and the IU Police Service Animal fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.

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