INDIANAPOLIS — A former Indianapolis police commander and retired captain has died from cancer at the age of 61.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Sunday the death of former East District Commander Michael Bruin. Bruin, who went by Mike according to IMPD, was a retired captain.

Captain Bruin was appointed to the Indianapolis PD on September 2, 1993, an IMPD Facebook post said, and retired on May 2, 2022. He died on Thursday after a battle with esophageal cancer and is survived by his wife Cheryl.

His family released the following statement:

It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Retired Captain Michael Bruin.  Captain Bruin retired May 2, 2022 after serving the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for almost 36 years.  Michael Bruin passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He is survived by his wife Cheryl and his children, Eric and Emily. 

Captain Bruin was diagnosed in September of 2021.  True to his giving nature, Captain Bruin volunteered to participate in an immunotherapy clinical trial in the hope that it would benefit other cancer patients in the future.  He fought courageously through radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and immunotherapy.  A week into hospice care, Former East District Commander Michael Bruin passed away peacefully surrounded by family.  His final giving act was being a corneal organ donor.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Crown Hill Funeral Home, 700 W. 38th Street.  The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 11:00a.m. also at Crown Hill.  Burial will take place at the Bruin Family Cemetery in Rockville, IN.  The funeral procession will pass by East District Headquarters en route to the cemetery.

Please keep the Bruin family in your thoughts and prayers. Captain Bruin dedicated his life to serving Indianapolis where he loved working alongside this City’s finest.

IMPD also paid its respects on its Facebook page.

“Captain Bruin was diagnosed in September of 2021. Doctors first tried radiation and chemotherapy. In January of this year, Mike underwent surgery. Things were looking better. Mike was offered a trial treatment plan, which he accepted “if it was going to help someone else in the future”. During the tests required for the trial, it was discovered that his cancer had returned – very aggressively. A little over a week ago, the Bruins were told that the cancer had spread to other areas of Mike’s body. A week and a day later, Former East District Commander Michael Bruin’s battle was over.

Please keep the Bruin family in your thoughts and prayers.”

IMPD Facebook Post