Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Chief Deputy Ross Krieger suffered a fatal heart attack at the Porter County Jail after arresting three subjects as the result of a disturbance.
He and another officer had arrested three men near the Westchester Finance Company who had attacked two men and took them to the county jail. After they were booked, Chief Deputy Krieger was talking to one of the victims when he collapsed to the floor.
A physician was summoned who administered medical aid but was unsuccessful and Chief Deputy Krieger died at the scene.
Chief Deputy Krieger, from Valparaiso, was survived by his wife, sister, two stepbrothers and stepsister. In the May primary election, he had become the Republican nominee for sheriff but died before the November general election.
The Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House at 153 Franklin Street in Valparaiso was built in 1871. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1976 and listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on August 20, 1975.