UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A longtime Union County deputy suddenly passed away Friday, the sheriff’s office announced on Facebook.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office says Captain Chase Coble was found dead inside his Unionville area home Friday afternoon. Officials say preliminary indications are that his death is due to natural causes.
“Everyone in Indian trail said that they’ve lost a hero, a brother, a friend," said Michael Alvarez, mayor of Indian Trail. “Forevermore Chase Coble will be a part of this town and his memory will live forever.”
Captain Coble served the citizens of Union County as a law enforcement for over 22 years, beginning in 1997 with the Marshville Police Department.
In 2003, he joined the Union County Sheriff’s Office and immediately took assignment to Indian Trail where he has worked for the last 16 years, rising through the ranks from Deputy Sheriff to Captain.
Alvarez remembers seeing Captain Chase Coble each day in this office at town hall. But what even remembers even more is the type of character Coble had.
“When the phone calls came in, he didn’t send somebody, he went over,” said Alvarez. “He was there if you were in trouble, he was there on the front lines to protect our town.”
But Coble’s service goes beyond Indian Trail.
“I think it’s safe to say he shepherded the relationship between the town and Union County,” said Lt. Malcolm Murray with UCSO.
Lieutenant Murray worked with Coble for years at the Union County Sheriff’s office.
“He was a crusader for what he believed was right and for what his role was," said Murray.
Friday, Murray tried to call Coble multiple times, but no answer. That’s when he went to check on him.
“My heart sank, I got weak kneed and couldn’t think straight," said Murray.
Murray found Coble in his home. The sheriffs office says he died from natural causes.
“He earned everybody’s respect throughout the town and Union County,” said Patrick Sadek, City Manager of Indian Trail.
Under his leadership, officials say the Indian Trail Division has grown to 25 deputies serving the largest municipality in Union County.