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Hero Down: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputy Asson Hacker Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency During Training

Evansville, IN – Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) Deputy Asson Hacker died in the line of duty on Thursday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency while participating in his basic training program.

The 33-year-old deputy was taking part in tier one basic training when he suddenly fell ill, the VCSO said in a press release later that day.

Evansville police rushed him to Deaconess Midtown Hospital for treatment.

“Despite the heroic lifesaving efforts of Deaconess staff, Deputy Hacker never regained consciousness,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputy Hacker’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

“The support of our friends at the Evansville Police Department, the Indiana State Police, Deaconess Hospital Police, the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, and Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated,” the VCSO said. “Please keep the Hacker family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Deputy Hacker was hired by the sheriff’s office in December of 2022.

He leaves behind his wife and three young children.

Dozens of people offered their condolences to the fallen deputy’s family and the VCSO in response to the sheriff’s office’s announcement.

“I just can’t believe it…such a wonderful man…beyond compare…” one person wrote.

“I’m so sorry for this loss,” another message read. “My heart and prayers go out [to] this young man’s family.”

Many said they were heartbroken over hearing of the unexpected loss of the new deputy.

“Condolences to his wife, children, family as well as members of the Sheriff’s Office. This is a true tragedy,” one person said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Asson Hacker, 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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