Mark Atherton, Fischer’s pastor, said members of his congregation didn’t even know Fischer was a public servant.
“He didn’t have to prove to anyone that he was the sheriff. He was just Gene.
Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said Fischer raised those around him regardless of their social status.
“He was a great advisor, a great friend,” Stanforth said. “It was his motto: I must be there for you. What a legacy.
Acting Greene County Sheriff Scott Anger called Fischer real and kind.
“The sheriff got things done,” Anger said. “Whatever his cause … He was a champion for all of us.”
“Gene was a friend of the friendless,” Mark Brooks, pastor of A House of Prayer told Xenia. “Some would like to put Sheriff Fischer on a political pedestal. He was not motivated by politics. He was guided by principle. Even when it put him in other people’s crosshairs.
Fischer served as Greene County Sheriff for 18 years and was previously a member of the Xenia Police Division for 20 years.
On Tuesday, the community paid tribute to Fischer during a visit to the Xenia Nazarene Church. More than two dozen Greene County Sheriff’s deputies saluted and community members lined the streets as the hearse carrying Fischer made its way from the Belton-Stroup funeral home in Fairborn to the church.