Watch: Funeral procession for Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office Detective Eddie Sledge
Friends, family, first responders, and the law enforcement community came together to give a Hamilton County detective a final sendoff Wednesday.
Detective Charles 'Eddie' Sledge passed away unexpectedly Saturday night after 22 years with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
On Wednesday afternoon, his funeral procession made its way north on Highway 58, and our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam shot video as the procession neared Wolftever Bridge.
This week, we've spoken with fellow officers and community members who knew Detective Sledge.
"There will never be another one like him," said Lieutenant Chris Harvey with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. "It didn't matter what Eddie was doing. He gave 110%"
Detective Sledge's passion for public service started at an early age.
After graduating high school, he joined the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, where he served for six years.
"He was a teenager when he got here, but he grew into a very compassionate person," said Deputy Chief Dennis Thomason with the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.
Sledge wore many hats during his time at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, serving as a dispatcher, patrol deputy, and as a traffic investigator before becoming a detective.
He leaves behind a wife, step-child, and 4-month old daughter.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with his funeral and medical expenses.
Officials haven't released his cause of death.