A man known for his dedication to the community and public service passed away on Thursday evening at his home in Kentland after a nine-month battle with cancer. Newton County Sheriff Donald Hartman Sr. passed away at the age of 66. Sheriff Hartman began his distinguished career in law enforcement in 1979 when he joined the Indiana State Police Academy, and in 1996, received the Gold Star Award for Valor for rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle on I-65. Hartman retired from the State Police in 2006, and began as sheriff of Newton County in 2007. Hartman also served as Vice-President of the Newton County Fair Board, as well as President of the Newton County 4-H Council. Visitation and funeral services are scheduled for August 24th, at South Newton High School, with visitation to begin at 9am and the funeral to start at 1pm. Burial will follow at Buswell Cemetery in Kentland.
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