Form 4 FIRST FINANCIAL BANCORP For: May 16 Filed by: BARRON WILLIAM G

May 19, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

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FORM 4 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
BARRON WILLIAM G

(Last) (First) (Middle)
255 EAST 5TH STREET, SUITE 2900

(Street)
CINCINNATI OH 45202

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
FIRST FINANCIAL BANCORP /OH/ [ FFBC ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
X Director 10% Owner
Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
05/16/2022
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 05/16/2022   S   3,500 D $ 20.13 80,796 D  
Common Stock               547,938 I By Family Trust
Common Stock               108,262 I By Generation Skipping Trust
Common Stock               74,155 I Spouse IRA
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Explanation of Responses:
/s/ Maria Hinkel, POA 05/19/2022
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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POWER OF ATTORNEY


	KNOW ALL BY THESE PRESENTS, that the undersigned hereby constitutes and
	appoints each of Maria Hinkel and Terri J. Ziepfel, signing singly,
	the undersigned's true and lawful attorney-in-fact to:

(1)	execute for and on behalf of the undersigned, in the undersigned's
	capacity as an	officer and/or director of First Financial
	Bancorp. (the ?Company?), Forms 3, 4, and 5 in accordance with
	Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and
	the rules thereunder;
(2)	do and perform any and all acts for and on behalf of the
	undersigned which may be necessary or desirable to complete
	and execute any such Form 3, 4, or 5, complete and execute any
	amendment or amendments thereto, and timely file such forms with
	the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and any
	stock exchange or similar authority; and
(3)	take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection with
	the foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact, may be of
	benefit to, in the best interest of, or legally required by, the
	undersigned, it being understood that the documents executed by such
	attorney-in-fact on behalf of the undersigned pursuant to this
	Power of Attorney shall be in such form and shall contain such terms
	and conditions as such attorney-in-fact may approve in such attorney-in-fact's
	discretion. The undersigned hereby grants to each such attorney-in-fact
	full power and authority to do and perform any and every act and thing
	whatsoever requisite, necessary, or proper to be done in the exercise
	of any of the rights and powers herein granted, as fully to all intents
	and purposes as the undersigned might or could do if personally present,
	with full power of substitution or revocation, hereby ratifying and
	confirming all that such attorney-in-fact, or such attorney-in-fact's
	substitute or substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be done by
	virtue of this power of attorney and the rights and powers herein granted.
	The undersigned acknowledges that the foregoing attorneys-in-fact, in serving
	in such capacity at the request of the undersigned, are not assuming,
	nor is the Company assuming, any of the undersigned's responsibilities
	to comply with Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

	This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the
	undersigned is no longer required to file Forms 3, 4, and 5 with
	respect to the undersigned's holdings of and transactions in
	securities issued by the Company, unless earlier revoked by the
	undersigned in a signed writing delivered to the foregoing
	attorneys-in-fact.

	IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused this Power of Attorney
	to be executed as of this 9th day of November, 2020.


	Signature:	/s/ William G. Barron

	Print Name:	William G. Barron






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