30 years ago, Art Koch died keeping the city safe
A plaque near Fairfield City Hall honors Art Koch, a police sergeant who was shot July 28, 1984, while on duty. He died the next day. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — The Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles were getting underway. Actor James Mason had a heart attack and died at 75. And Fairfield lost a part of its innocence with the death of Art Koch, the first – and only – Fairfield police officer to die in the line of duty.
It was July 28, 1984.
“In some respects, it seems like it was yesterday,” said Chuck Timm, Koch’s partner.
Other times, Timm said he realizes three decades have passed.
A decade ago, Timm said he couldn’t talk about Koch without shedding a tear. Now he can smile and recall playing softball with Koch, and the phrase they used, “time to roll,” when a call came in. Continue Reading