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Hero Down: Liberty Police Department Sgt. Gary Ewer Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency At Church

Liberty, MO – Liberty Police Department (LPD) Sergeant Gary Ewer died on Sept 18 after suffering a medical emergency.

The off-duty sergeant was at his church when the medical emergency struck, the LPD said in a press release the following day.

He was rushed to Liberty Hospital by ambulance, where he passed away “with his wife and blue family at his side,” the police department said.

“Yesterday, we lost a beloved brother in blue, sergeant, husband, father, and many other wonderful titles,” the LPD said. “He served in every division a commissioned officer could work in the police department.”

Sgt. Ewer, 51, served with the University of Missouri – Kansas City Police Department prior to joining the LPD on Mar. 1, 1996, according to his obituary.

He was assigned as the day shift supervisor at the time of his death, the Courier Tribune reported.

Hundreds of people offered their condolences in response to the LPD’s Facebook announcement regarding Sgt. Ewer’s unexpected passing.

“This is heartbreaking,” one message read. “Gary was a hard working guy with a terrific sense of humor. Words can’t do justice to how much he will be missed.”

“Gary was the ‘real deal.’ The kind of man you could count on,” another person wrote. “His faith was real. His friendship was real. His dedication to his family was real. His willingness to serve was real. He will [be] greatly missed…”

Sgt. Ewer leaves behind his wife of nearly 23 years, Meredith, as well as his sons, Joseph and Jacob, according to his obituary.

He was laid to rest on Sept. 23.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Liberty Police Department Sergeant Gary Ewer, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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