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Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard | Overton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Overton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Chad Wesley Pritchard

Overton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 months, 2 weeks

Badge # 108

Military veteran

Cause: Fall

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Deputy Sheriff Chad Pritchard died when he fell into a sinkhole just outside of Standing Stone State Park.

He, another deputy, and two state park rangers, were investigating a cold case homicide in the area of Rocky Mound Road when they came across the sinkhole. As Deputy Prichard attempted to get a closer look with his flashlight, the ground around the sinkhole gave way and he fell approximately 160-feet to the bottom.

Rescue personnel responded to the scene and recovered his body several hours later.

Deputy Pritchard had served as a deputy for only 2-1/2 months. He had previously served in the Overton County Jail and in the United States Army in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is survived by his wife and parents.

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Thank you so much for the nice things you have said about my uncle over the years. I miss him very much each day. It means so much to me that you guys world write such nice thoughtful things about him. He truly was a kindhearted man. I was young when I lost him but our memories still live in my mind and heart each day.

Kassie Brown
January 27, 2016


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