Hero Down: Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke Loses Fight With Cancer

Prescott, WI - Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke, age 57, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, August 5.

Chief Krutke had served for more than 17 years with the agency, according to Twin Cities. He became the Police Chief on January 13, 2014. He had previously worked in law enforcement in dif

Prescott, WI - Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke, age 57, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, August 5.

Chief Krutke had served for more than 17 years with the agency, according to Twin Cities. He became the Police Chief on January 13, 2014. He had previously worked in law enforcement in different jurisdictions in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

He was also a military veteran, whose service included a deployment to Iraq, and receiving a Purple Heart.

In a Facebook post, the Prescott Police Department said:

"The Prescott Police Department regretfully announces and confirms on 08/05/2017 at approximately 11:26 am, Chief Gary Martin Krutke passed away at the hospital, finishing his long battle with cancer. Our Department mourns his loss along with family, friends and Prescott Community.

Chief Krutke served the Prescott Police Department admirably for nearly 18 years, starting as Patrol Officer and working his way through the ranks to become Chief of Police January 13, 2014. He also served many other jurisdictions in Wisconsin and Minnesota as a law enforcement officer before finally joining the City of Prescott. Chief Krutke served in the U.S. Military and deployed to Iraq where he earned the Purple Heart.

Memorial Service plans are pending and will be announced at a later time."

Also in a Facebook post, the Pierce County Police Officers Benevolent Association said:

"The PCPOBA is saddened to announce the loss of member Chief of Police Gary Krutke of the Prescott Police Department after battle with cancer. Gary served his community for 18 years and loved every moment of it.

Gary will be missed by many including his family, friends, citizens of Prescott, law enforcement family, army buddies and this Deputy. Gary you will never be forgotten as you will be in our past, present, and future. The fight is now over my friend, we will take it from here. Rest in Peace Chief."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Prescott Police Chief Gary Martin Krutke, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

Chief Krutke, your life mattered.

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