Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard

Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard

Overton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Chad Wesley Pritchard

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.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 months, 2 weeks
  • Badge 108
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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In Honor And Respect, Deputy Sheriff Chad Pritchard, Sir, Thank You For Your Dedicated Service To Law Enforcement And Your Service To Our Country, United States Army... How You Left This Earth Is So Tragic And Devastating !!! You Were A Warrior Of Courage, Bravery, Honor And Greatness... The World Needs More Men Like You Deputy Chad Pritchard, You Are Honored And Remembered Today, Sir... Peace And Blessings To Your Family And To Those Who Knew You... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Deputy Chad Pritchard...

Gail Mercado

April 6, 2021

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