Jefferson County Sheriff, Fred Abdalla, has died according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Abdalla has been the sheriff of Jefferson County for 37 years since January 1985.

Before his death, Abdalla was the longest-running current Sheriff in Ohio.

Sheriff Abdalla is also a US Army veteran and served 2 years in Vietnam.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office page, Abdalla:

  • Graduate of Catholic Central High School
  • Attended The Ohio State University
  • Attended Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy
  • Coroner’s Investigator 3 year
  • Mayor of Village of Stratton 13 year
  • Judge in Mayors Court 13 years

Multiple parties, authorities, other police departments have reached out to 7News to give a statement on the passing of Sheriff Fred Abdella.

 ”A big loss for Jefferson County with the sad news that Sheriff Fred Abdalla passed away earlier today. He took office in January of 1985 and had been sheriff ever since. I got to know Sheriff Abdalla well and there is no doubt he was committed to those he served over the last 37 years. He was also a veteran of the U.S  Army, and served in Vietnam. His shoes will be impossible to fill.  My heart goes out to his family…my thoughts and prayers will be with them.”

Congressman Bill Johnson

“Sheriff Fred Abdalla touched countless lives during the 37 years that he led the sheriff’s office. A dedicated public servant, his name was synonymous with law enforcement, solving crime and protecting Jefferson’s County citizens. My condolences to his family and community.”

Attorney General Dave Yost

‘The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office shares in the adness for the loss of Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdella. With respect and sadness we ask you to please keep his family, his friends and his staff at the Jefferson County’s Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace.’

Belmont County Sheriff’s Office

‘Sheriff Abdalla was an icon, being around all these years. He was a mentor to me when I started my career at the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office in 1981. He was highly respected by the community and his law enforcement peers. He will be sadly missed. Out thoughts and prayers are going out to his family.

Belmont County Sheriff- Dave Lucas

It’s a great loss to the people of Jefferson County.  We just got back from training; it was sad not to see him there.  He always wore his heart on his sleeve.  He will be greatly missed by the Ohio Valley.

Harrison County Sheriff- Joe Myers

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