IU’s police chief dies after being rushed to the hospital

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Indiana University students and staff are mourning the loss of IUPD Police Chief Keith Cash.

Cash was taken to the hospital shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He later died due to natural causes, officials said. Cash was 50.

“Keith served Indiana University with enormous distinction and honor for nearly three decades culminating in a highly successful, and all too short, tenure as chief,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “Keith’s love for this university, and the Bloomington campus in particular, was apparent to all who knew him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family members. He will be greatly missed, and we all grieve at the loss of such a wonderful man.”

Cash was hired at the school back in 1984. He was named chief in Oct. 2010.

Cash also was an instructor at the Indiana University Police Academy and a guest lecturer in criminal justice and other classes at IU Bloomington. He served on the Board of the Indiana Association of Indiana Chiefs of Police, and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Keith was ideally suited for the role of police chief of one of the largest college campuses in the United States,” said Mark Bruhn, associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance. “Keith was admired and respected by the entire police force and, on a personal note, I will be forever grateful for his wise counsel. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

IU Executive Vice President for Regional Planning Policy and Analysis John Applegate added: “Keith had a deep understanding of the IU Bloomington campus and community, as well as an appreciation of the unique challenges of ensuring the safety of the more “than 40,000 students who call IU Bloomington home each year.”

Cash is survived by his mother, Judy Cash; father, Tom Cash; brother, Mike Cash; and brother and sister-in-law Steve and Nancy Cash. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Deputy Chief Laury Flint, who will serve as acting police chief until a permanent successor is named, called Cash “the type of leader you can’t replace and a true mentor to me and other members of the force”.

“Keith was as fine an officer as I have had the honor to work with during my more than 30 years with the IU Police Department,” said Jerry Minger, who oversees the police forces on all IU campuses in his role as public safety director. “I have lost a dear friend and the IU community has lost one of its best advocates and protectors. The entire IU Police family mourns the loss of Keith Cash.”

8 comments

  • Chief John Cox

    Keith will be very missed by all of us and especially by his Big 10 colleagues. He was a true advocate for campus public safety and a friend to many. He will be missed by his friends and colleagues at Purdue University. The men and women of the Purdue University Police Department will keep Keith and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dr. Hugh Jessop

    Having known Keith for more than 20 years and worked closely with him in a variety of settings I can truly say he was an amazing person and a true professional. His contributions to IU and the City of Bloomington are well chronicled. Keith was an amazing person and friend and will be dearly missed by all of us who called him friend. Hugh Jessop retired Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, IU Health Center.

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    The assumption must be a sudden death event like heart attack or stroke.

    However, if that is a recent pic of him he sure looked good for being 50!

    Condolences to all!

  • Nurse

    Sad this guy died so young. My dad also died suddenly at the age of 50, he had a sudden heart attack at work. I will be 55 Saturday, already outlived him by 5 years but he was a heavy smoker. Thoughts are with Offificer Cash's family and friends, I know the feeling.

  • Jackson

    He was a friend and mentor to our IU student. In the short time he spent with my son, he made a huge impression on him. So heart breaking that a outstanding man had to leave us way too soon! May you rest in the arms of angels until you reach the golden gates, Cheif Cash. <3

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