Ohio County Elementary Middle School students watch as the hearse carrying Rising Sun Police Chief David Hewitt's body passes the school Friday, Feb. 15.

A memorial stands outside Rising Sun Police Department.

Police chief's body returns to RS

The flashing lights of police cruisers, ambulances and fire trucks lined the way as Rising Sun Police Chief David Hewitt's body was returned to the City of Rising Sun Friday, Feb. 15. There, dozens of people crowded street corners as the procession passed, as did students at both schools.

Hewitt, 49, Florence, Ind., died from injuries he received in a single-car crash Wednesday, Feb. 13, along Ind. 56 near Spring Branch Road. After the 7:20 a.m. crash, when icy road conditions may have contriubted to the crash, he was taken by air ambulance to Carroll Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, Ky., where he died, according to the Switzerland County Sheriff's Office, which is still investigating the crash.

A member of Rising Sun Police Department since 1998, Hewitt had been an officer with the Switzerland County and Dearborn County sheriff's offices, as well as Lawrenceburg Police Department previously, for a total of 27 years in law enforcement.

An avid outdoorsman, Hewitt was appointed Rising Sun police chief in 2004.

Rising Sun Mayor Brent Bascom has ordered city residents to keep their flags at half mast for the next 27 days to honor the fallen chief and his years of service.