FAIRBORN — Former Fairborn Police Chief Raymond Liebherr died Sunday, Dec. 6. Liebherr was 81 years old.
The Fairborn Police Department made the announcement on it’s Facebook page Tuesday. A Dayton-area native, Liebherr began his career with the Fairborn Police Department in April 1969. He served until his retirement as Chief of Police on Jan. 5, 2001.
“The Fairborn Police Department would like to send our condolences to the family of former Fairborn Police Chief, Raymond Liebherr II,” the department wrote on Facebook. “Chief Liebherr will be missed by the many members of the department that had the pleasure of working with him.”
His son, Raymond Liebherr III, is retired from the Fairborn Police Department.
According to his obituary, Liebherr was an active member of the Fairborn Senior Center, and enjoyed weight lifting, woodworking, and golfing. Additionally, Liebherr was the first police officer to receive the Knights of Columbus (K of C) Blue Coat Award in 1973.
Liebherr was honored as Fairborn Police Officer of the Year and Edward Heigel was honored as the Fairborn Firefighter of the Year during ceremonies in the K of C Council Hall in 1973. During his term as Fairborn police chief, Liebherr attended the Blue Coat Awards and nominated Fairborn Police Officers to be honored each year.
“On behalf of Fairborn Council 3724, K of C, Grand Knight Eugene Erbacher, Community Director Past Grand Knight John A. Wolfe and the Officers and members, we express our sincere condolences to Ray’s family,” the Knights of Columbus said in a statement.
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