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First responders to escort fallen Newark Police Chief to funeral dwelling

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) – The body of Newark Police Chief Steven Baum is escorted from Licking Memorial Hospital to a local funeral home on Wednesday evening.

Police Sergeant Clint Eskins’ Newark Division said the procession will begin around 5:30 p.m. and will include members of the Newark Division of Police, the Newark Fire Department and several other local law enforcement agencies.

Eskins said the escort would be led by McMillen Dr. Take W. Main St. and N. 21 St. to the Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home.

The Newark Police Chief dies after a medical emergency

Baum died Tuesday night after a medical emergency at his home.

He was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Mayor Jeff Hall and the Newark Division of Police said in a statement.

Baum was a member of the Newark Division of Police from 1993 to 2016. He was promoted to detective in 1999, sergeant in 2004, and captain in 2010.

He was named the city’s director of security in 2016, a position he held until July 2020 when he became chief of police.

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