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Don Fisher, Retired Chief of Police

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Obituary- Retired Chief of Police Don Fisher went to join his loved ones who had gone on before on August 30, 2015. Don is survived by his wife, Candy Biggerstaff Fisher, his adoring children Alexander and Lauren, and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his Mother Mildred Fisher, Father James ‘Jim’ Fisher and younger brother Allen Fisher.

Don led a career in Law Enforcement that spanned more than 34 years. He began as a Hendersonville City Police Dispatcher while he completed his BS in Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. He worked for the City of Hendersonville, Henderson County and finished his career as the Laurel Park Chief of Police for more than 18 years. Along the way, he touched the lives of many people and provided leadership to numerous younger officers. Not only was he a teller of police (and golf) tales, most of which were actually true, he loved to shape the careers of those young officers he saw as having the same dedication and love for the law that he possessed. He will be remembered as a coach and mentor.

Don was a community icon and was loved by many; although some of those he arrested may not share that opinion. He dedicated his life to ‘serve and protect’ the citizens of Hendersonville, Henderson County and Laurel Park. In Laurel Park, Don was the Emergency Management Director for the town and was responsible for the preparedness for two hurricanes, as well as several severe ice and snow storms. His first directive was always to secure the safety of the town and its citizens.

Don was an active board member and served a term as the President of the NC Association of Chiefs of Police. He was a Lifetime Member of the Association. Two years ago, Don was awarded with the Association’s Life Time Achievement award for his dedication to the profession and to the Association.

Don was an avid golfer and was never happier than when he was on the course or spending time with family and friends. He played many rounds at Crooked Creek and High Vista and was known to make a wager or two…and win.

A Life Celebration will be held at Mud Creek Baptist Church on September 17th. Open visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m., with a formal ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. All are invited and are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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