Two years on, Kirkersville remembers town’s police chief

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It’s been two years since Thomas Heartless gunned down three people in the town of Kirkersville: Police Chief Eric DiSario, Marlina Medrano, and Cindy Krantz.

Thomas Heartless entered the Pine Kirk Care Center and shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Medrano and her co-worker Kranz. 

He then shot Chief DiSario who was responding to the scene, before Heartless turned the gun on himself.

“He gave his life for all of us,” said Darlene Ruff, a town resident.

The bad weather matched the mood today in Kirkersville, as residents remembered the horror that happened inside of the nursing home two years ago.

“It seems just yesterday,” Ruff remembered. “We woke up and looked outside, and were like, what in the world?!”

Like everyone, Darlene Ruff soon found out what had happened to Kirkersville Police Chief Eric Di Sario. It’s still tough for her knowing she’ll never see him again.

“He was so sweet,” said Ruff. “He brought candy to the kids. He would stop across the street where all the kids play, would stop and just have conversation with anybody and everybody. For him to lose his life — that is so disheartening. It’s horrible.

For Michelle Bachelor, talking about Chief DiSario brings tears to her eyes. But she says her pain doesn’t compare to Marlina Medrano’s mother’s grief.

Bachelor sees her often in her store. “She has a hard time dealing with it, you know. Every holiday. I’m sure today she’s feeling it…”

And she knows Cindy Krantz and Chief DiSario’s family is feeling pain and sorrow, too. But in their own way, this community is letting their fallen chief know he is appreciated with signs put up in the town.

“I’m glad they put it up at the end of town; down there and up here it says ‘for Eric DiSario’,” Bachelor said.

People in the community told NBC4 reporter Rob Sneed that they continue to send their love and prayers to Chief DiSario’s family.

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