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IFD mourns loss of battalion chief

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IFD Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch IFD Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch

Indianapolis - The Indianapolis Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. IFD Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch, 56, a 33-year veteran, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday afternoon, February 1, 2011. He worked his last 24-hour shift on Monday, January 31, 2011.

The Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) calls Chief Auch a cornerstone of the conference's yearly production and instrumental to its success in Indianapolis over the last 17 years.

From FDIC:

Steve Auch was appointed to the IFD in 1978. In 1986, he was promoted to Lieutenant and then to Captain in 1999. In 2003, Steve was promoted to Battalion Chief. Amongst his many certifications on the fire department was that of EMT/Paramedic where he was nationally known and respected throughout the emergency medical services community for his knowledge and skill.

Steve was married to his wife Donna Auch for 12 ½ years. Donna is an IFD Dispatcher. He leaves behind 3 step-children and 6 grandchildren. Auch belonged to a distinguished family of firefighters. He was the brother of IFD Captain Matthew C. Auch, the son of retired IFD Firefighter Carl Auch, the nephew of retired IFD Firefighter Jim Scahill, the cousin of IFD Firefighter William Alfke, cousin of IFD Firefighter Mike Scahill and the nephew of retired IFD Firefighter William Alfke Sr.

The viewing and services for Chief Auch are as follows.

Viewing:

Monday February 7, 2011
2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Indy West Conference Center (formerly Wayne Township Conference Center)
402 N High School Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Services:

Tuesday February 8, 2011
Viewing 10:00 am
Services Begin at 11:00 am
Indy West Conference Center (formerly Wayne Township Conference Center)
402 N High School Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Flowers may be sent to the Conference Center Address.

Memorial Contributions may be made to:

Firefighters Museum
748 Massachusetts Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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