The Fishers Police Dept. and City of Fishers recently held final arrangements for FPD officer Ron Shepard, who died Oct. 4 surrounded by family and friends.
A flag ceremony for Shepard was held Oct. 12 and a celebration of life was held Oct. 13. The funeral ceremony was private.
Shepard began serving in law enforcement in 1982, when he began his career as a reserve officer with Arcadia. He served as a reserve officer with the Cicero Police Dept. from 1983 until 1989. He was hired as a full-time police officer with FPD in 1990.
Throughout his career, Shepard served as a field training officer, an evidence technician and aided in designing the fitness center inside the Fishers Police Dept. For more than 27 years, Shepard served on the night shift.
Shepard also received the Medal of Valor for his actions responding to a domestic disturbance call Nov. 10, 1990. According to a press release from the FPD, a severely injured woman told Shepard that her boyfriend was inside the residence with her two small children and armed with a shotgun. Attempts to communicate with the man failed and Shepard had the opportunity to break through a glass door, sustaining cuts to his hands and face to take the man into custody.
He also received the Meritorious Service Award in 2001 and 2013 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1996.
Shepard was known as “Uncle Ronnie” by his law enforcement family.