Sheriff Dee Stewart Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia EoW: Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sheriff Dee Stewart | Spalding County Sheriff's Department, GeorgiaSpalding County Sheriff's Department, Georgia

Dee Stewart

Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Sunday, July 3, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 63
Tour of Duty: 40 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 23, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Spalding County Sheriff’s Department
401 Justice Boulevard
Griffin, GA 30223
Phone: (770) 467-4282

Sheriff Dee Stewart succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier when his patrol vehicle was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Moose Lodge Road and Highway 19/41 in Griffin.
Sheriff Stewart was turning off of Moose Lodge Road when he was struck by the other vehicle. The other vehicle was being driven by his grandson, who also served with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department but was off duty. He was flown to Atlanta Medical Center where he remained until succumbing to his injuries on July 3rd.
Sheriff Stewart had served in law enforcement for 40 years. Before being elected sheriff he served with the Griffin Police Department.

GRIFFIN, Ga. — Spalding County Sheriff Dee Stewart died early Sunday, likely from complications from injuries suffered in a car crash last month, the county coroner said.

Coroner Sonny Foster said Stewart was pronounced dead at 4:09 a.m. Sunday. He was 63. Stewart had been in the hospital since the wreck on June 23 and likely died of "complications that he couldn’t overcome," Foster said.

Authorities have said the sheriff pulled onto Highway 1941 in Griffin the day the wreck happened. His grandson, Deputy Chad Gasaway, was heading north on the highway in his personal vehicle when they collided. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later determined the sheriff failed to yield while attempting to cross the roadway, WSB-TV reported.

Authorities said Gasaway suffered minor injuries. He has returned to duty after a brief absence to recuperate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Foster said he and Stewart both entered office in 2000, and he was greatly saddened by Stewart’s death.

"It’s like losing a brother," he said.

Bill Taylor, who owns and runs WKEU, grew up with Stewart and told WSB-TV it broke his heart to take to the airwaves to share the news of his friend’s death.

"It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was the hardest thing they’ve done because it was such a dear friend plus a cornerstone of our community," Taylor said.

The sheriff had served his community for nearly four decades. He was re-elected to a third four-year term in 2008. Before being elected sheriff, he was a member of the Griffin police force.

"The story is, if you’ve been in Spalding County more than 15 minutes, you’ve got a Dee Stewart story," friend Dave Phillips said.

Taylor said Stewart always tried to help members of the community.

"Seen him in the courthouse one day and a little girl was crying. He asked her what was wrong and she said her mother and father were getting a divorce and she had lost her dog. And the next day, she had a dog. Dee was that kind of guy," Taylor said

Foster said funeral arrangements likely wouldn’t be made until later in the week.


2 Responses to “Sheriff Dee Stewart Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia EoW: Sunday, July 3, 2011”

  1. 1 nick velazquez August 26, 2011 at 14:51

    he was akind man who helped me thru a trying time–he will be missed

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