Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Chief Deputy Joseph Bauer was killed in an automobile accident while he was responding to a fire.
An oncoming vehicle crossed into his lane of traffic on State Road 13 south of Syracuse near Lake Wawasee and struck his patrol car head-on.
Both of the occupants in the other vehicle and a passenger in the vehicle with Chief Deputy Bauer were also killed.
Chief Deputy Bauer was survived by his wife and two children.
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