Chad Allen Reed, Sr.

January 19th, 2010 by — Chad Allen Reed, Sr., 33, of Cross City, Florida, a Captain with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Department, died in the line of duty on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, protecting the lives of the people around him. Born on September 24, 1976 in Perry he lived in Steinhatchee until he married and moved to Cross City, Florida.
Mr. Reed attended Steinhatchee School and graduated from Taylor County High School in l995. From an early age, he showed an extreme interest in working to help improve the lives of those around him. Beginning at the age of five, Chad assisted his father, a volunteer firefighter, in responding to emergencies. At age twelve he successfully completed his 48-Hour First Responder Course. He earned his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification during his senior year of high school and began employment with the Dixie County Emergency Medical Services upon graduation. In 2000, Mr. Reed became director of Dixie County Emergency Services and served in that position until being appointed Dixie County interim Clerk of Court by Gov. Jeb Bush in January 2005. After serving three months, he returned as Emergency Services Director. In January 2007, Chad made a career change and began service with the Dixie County Sheriff’s office.
Chad was a graduate of Lake City Community College Police Academy, the Florida State Fire College, North Florida Community College, and the FBI Academy Session 238, September 2009. He received numerous certifications related to the positions he held and served the public in many capacities, such as the Sheriff’s Office DARE coordinator for Dixie County Schools and president of the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.

He is survived by his wife, Holly M. Reed; sons, Chad Allen Reed, Jr. and Caden Max Reed, all of Cross City, Florida; his father and mother, Broward and Faith Reed of Steinhatchee,; his father and mother-in-law, Maxie and Sue Chewning of Cross City; his brothers, Dudley (Cindy) Reed of Cross City, and Keith (Renee) Reed of Steinhatchee; sisters, Lynna Dyals of Tallahassee, and Pamela (Kimbo) Revels of Steinhatchee; sisters-in-law, Danielle Chewning of Perry and Jessica Chewning of Cross City; nephews, Heath Reed of Steinhatchee, Dylan Reed of Cross City, Tyler Reed of Tallahassee, Holden Revels and Kason Reed, both of Steinhatchee; nieces, Taylor Dyals of Tallahassee, Caylan Reed of Cross City, and McKenzi Revels of Steinhatchee; and grandparents, Grady and Freddie Hires of Jena.

Other survivors include extended family members, co-workers, friends and the many people of Dixie County he has faithfully served.

Mr. Reed was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry and Juanita Reed of Jena, and his maternal grandparents, William “Dink” and Inez Ross of Steinhatchee.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Cross City. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dixie Education Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 2655, Cross City, FL 32628, for the Chad A. Reed, Sr. Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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