Goshen, IN – Goshen Police Department (GPD) Special Police Officer Kristen Carich died on May 14 following a six-week battle against an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Officer Carich, 48, succumbed to glioblastoma after a “short but fierce fight,” the GPD said in a Facebook post.
She joined the GPD as a school resource officer on May 6, 2019, and “instantly fit into our police family,” the department said.
“Her kind heart, generous spirit, and tenacious zeal for life were just a few of the qualities that she brought every day and the world is a little less bright without her,” the agency’s post read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and closest friends at his time.”
Officer Carich will be deeply missed by her department, the local schools, and the community, the GPD said.
Prior to her career with the GPD, Officer Carich served with the Elkhart City Police Department for four years, the department said in a 2019 Facebook post.
She leaves behind her children, Jacob and Emily, as well as her mother, stepfather, brother, and stepsiblings, according to her obituary.
Officer Carich is also survived by her niece, nephew, and many friends.
“Kristen faced each day with strength, courage, and perseverance,” her obituary read. “Simply put, Kristen Carich was a warrior until her last breath. Her absence will leave a void in many hearts.”
Officer Carich will be laid to rest on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Goshen Police Department Special Police Officer Kristen Carich, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.