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Officer Falls 20 Feet During Struggle With Fleeing Suspect

The Middleton Journal via YellowBrix

October 06, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown police officer was injured around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday after falling 20 feet during a struggle with a fleeing suspect.

Officer David Kirsch was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with injuries that were described as not life-threatening. As of 7:30 a.m. today, the hospital said there was no listing for him, and believed he had been discharged.

Kirsch, 40, was injured after pursuing Anthony Stevens, 29, of Middletown who jumped out of a vehicle during a disturbance and ran up the Reinartz Boulevard overpass, according to police. Kirsch struggled with Stevens when both dropped 20 feet and landed on the grass and concrete curb.

Stevens was transported to Atrium Medical Center, but officials said as of 7 a.m. today there was no listing for him as a patient. He also had not yet been booked Middletown City Jail, according to police.

A warrant for Stevens’ arrest was issued Aug. 27 through Butler County Common Pleas Court for a probation violation, court records show. Stevens was arrested in July 2008 in Middletown on arson and receiving stolen property charges. In November 2008 he pleaded guilty to reduced charges of criminal mischief and receiving stolen property and was sentenced to probation by Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney.

In January 2007, Kirsch fatally struck pedestrian Donald “Pops” McCray with his cruiser while responding to a call for an officer down at the former Coconutz night club on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Kirsch, now a 13-year veteran of the Middletown police force and a past president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, was suspended for 15 days without pay for violating the department’s emergency response policy at the time of the accident.


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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    There's no reason to bring up the past. it's kind of like adding salt to the wound.

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    AKangel

    almost 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Glad the Officer will be ok, crappy of the media to bring up an old incident from 2007, can't we just give the officer some kudo's for job well done? Stinkin media....

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    42138 Comments

    Praying for a quick recovery Officer Kirsch.

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    bumperdog831

    almost 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    thank god he wanst seriously injured....speedy recovery sir. and uhhhhhhh what does the ACCIDENT in 2007 have anything to do with him risking his life to protect the streets from another scumbag???? f-u media

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    wildsoldier

    almost 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    Glad he will be OK... God speed....

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    swalker35

    almost 4 years ago

    256 Comments

    What the F does what the officer was involved in back in 2007 have to do with this?? Just another case of the media not being able to speak about a law enforcement officer without doing everything they can to find the smallest negative thing about them no matter how long ago it occured....

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    shaun741

    almost 4 years ago

    2758 Comments

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery

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    dolphinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    42974 Comments

    Speedy recovery officer.

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10574 Comments

    Speedy recovery Officer Kirsch. LOL Irishcop1961.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50288 Comments

    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Officer Kirsch. Why the hell would they put that info in at the end of the article. What BS journalism. Hope the writers computer crashes.

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    bstites

    almost 4 years ago

    1028 Comments

    Really? They had to put that at the end??? Get well soon brotha

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    propbraker

    almost 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    Best wishes to you Sir, and I hope you make a full recovery and get back out there on the streets.

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14614 Comments

    Hope you are just sore and it goes away quickly brother. There was absolutely NO reason to bring up this Officers past incident in this article. Sounds like they are trying to say he deserved it or was continuing to be a reckless and rouge cop instead of a hardworking and dedicated LEO.

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Best wishes for a full recovery to Officer Kirsch.

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    wiseass0282

    almost 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Hope the officer recovers quickly. I have known others who had to retire after a fall that high.

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