Deputy Chad S. Edwards
Deputy Chad S. Edwards
End of Watch: May 18, 1995

On May 18th 1995 at 6:35 A.M. Deputy Chad S. Edwards was on duty in an undercover unmarked car assigned to the Narcotics Bureau. Chad was traveling North on State Route 37 during a severe rain storm, he was to meet with fellow Narcotic Officers on an undercover narcotics investigation. Eye witnesses state Chad reacted to an oncoming vehicle traveling South in his lane, after moving to the berm and in an attempt to correct, it is believed the car hydroplaned and went left of center and collided head-on with another Southbound vehicle, the crash caused instantaneous death to Deputy Edwards.

"I want to make a difference" was a statement that Chad had made several times when asked why he wanted to be in law enforcement. A plaque was placed on Chad's grave site and it reads: He lived for the opportunity to become a Deputy Sheriff and died while fulfilling his dream. He wanted to make a difference and in the short time God gave him, he made a difference in all the lives he touched. You were loved in life and will be sadly missed in death. May God bless you Chad, your Fellow Deputies.

Chad was a 1991 Lancaster High School graduate, Sheriff's Academy graduate and was attending Hocking College for Police Science. Chad leaves many friends and family: Mother Karen S. Blosser, Father Joe Edwards, Sister Gina Edwards Knight and Fiancé Jessica Ike.

A Fairfield County Foundation Scholarship in Chad's memory has been created to help future Fairfield County residents interested in pursuing law enforcement.