Former Middletown police chief dies of COVID-19

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Louis Ogden Jr.

MIDDLETOWN – Former Middletown City Police Chief Louis Ogden, Jr. died Saturday, March 6. He was 74.

The lifelong Orange County resident succumb to COVID-19.

Ogden served in the Navy from 1966 to 1970 and was a Russian interpreter while stationed in Japan.

Following his service, he joined the Middletown Police Department as a patrolman and rose through the ranks to become chief in 1994, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.

Ogden was named chief by Mayor Joseph DeStefano, who fondly remembers him.

“Lou was an honorable man, a great police chief, and more importantly, one of the people in our city that people looked up to,” he said. “He didn’t win his coronavirus battle, but he will be remembered here fondly for many, many years to come,” the mayor said.

After retiring, Ogden continued as an adjunct professor teaching criminal justice at SUNY Orange.

Odgen is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his sons Louis III and Brian and their families, his siblings, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10 in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Middletown. Interment will be n St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Middletown.