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Clark Co. Interim Sheriff John Kahafer dies after being taken off life support

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Clark County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy John Kahafer has died. 

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Meyer says Kahafer, 57, was taken off life support and died around 11:00 p.m. Monday night.  He was surrounded by family and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Kahafer was found unresponsive in his home by his wife about a week ago. He was transported to the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville. 

"I honestly up until last night, I thought chief would be back with us in six to eight weeks that's how I felt," said Meyer. 

Meyer has known Kahafer his entire 25 years in law enforcement. Kahafer enlisted in the Army after high school and then started working at the Clark County Sheriff's Office in 1981. Meyer looked to him as a mentor, and also considered him a friend. 

"We've watched him better himself throughout the department and he's always been there for us," said Meyer. "He's was always one we could go to and anybody that knows chief Kahafer knows that he was always motivated."

On August 18, Kahafer was rushed to the hospital after his wife of 38 years found him unresponsive. 

"He's had some issues that he overcame recently, but he was doing well and handling them well and again he was always here and always and you never heard him complain," said Meyer. 

Late Monday night, Kahafer was removed from life support after his family was told he had no brian activity. 

Just three weeks prior he was placed in charge after Sheriff Danny Rodden was indicted on 7 felony counts. 

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Rodden's attorney Larry Wilder says he plans to remain on paid administrative leave until his term is up at the end of the year. Currently is awaiting his trial, which is set for late September.   

"We've lost a good man," said Wilder. "The circumstances are difficult for his family and certainly the people of Clark County should be comfortable that the decision of the sheriff to move forward with some continuity of leadership is just as effort to try to move things forward without anymore disruption."

The cause of death will be determined by the coroner. Funeral arrangements are pending. 

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