Police Officer Anthony Lossiah Cherokee Indian Police Department, Tribal Police End of Watch: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Police Officer Anthony Lossiah

Cherokee Indian Police Department, Tribal Police
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 704

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident:
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Ben Reed
Cherokee Indian Police Department
468 Sequoyah Trail
PO Box 1330
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: (828) 497-7405

Police Officer Tony Lossiah succumbed to injuries sustained in the line of duty.
He was taken to Mission Hospital, in Asheville, where he developed complications from the original injury.
Officer Lossiah had served with the Cherokee Indian Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and children.

CHEROKEE — A veteran police officer known for his dedication to his family and to his job died from injuries suffered in the line of duty, his department said.

Cherokee Indian Police Department Patrol Officer Anthony “Tony” Lossiah died of medical complications after he was chasing a suspect in a wooded area on Aug. 11 in Cherokee, said Officer Ben Reed. Lossiah tore a muscle in his hip and suffered internal bleeding that led to more complications, Reed said. He died Tuesday at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was 38.

Lossiah had been with the department for more than 17 years and served in numerous capacities, including as tribal complex security, a juvenile officer, and a child victim unit detective.

Reed said he was "one of a kind."

"He was a very quiet person but he talked when he wanted to I reckon," Reed said.

Lossiah is survived by his wife Candy (Bird) Lossiah and children Anthony Chase Lossiah, Zachariah Lossiah, Jaylen Evans, Nathaniel Evans and Isaiah Evans, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Lossiah enjoyed working with schools and children and also loved sports, especially softball and baseball. "Tony was loyal to the department," Reed said.

"He was a very capable officer."

A visitation will be held 5 p.m. to midnight Monday at the Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center at 200 Ravensford Drive in Cherokee.

Funeral services will be held starting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center. Burial will follow at the Lossiah Family Cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the home of Sam & Francine Watty at 445 Hoot Owl Cove Road in the Wolfetown community.

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2 Responses to “Police Officer Anthony Lossiah Cherokee Indian Police Department, Tribal Police End of Watch: Tuesday, October 6, 2015”


  1. 1 Adolph C. Namlik, Chief of Police, Ret. October 11, 2015 at 21:52

    My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family and fellow officers of Police Officer Anthony Lossiah of the Cherokee Indian Police Department, Cherokee, NC.

    Respectfully,
    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda, N.Y.

    • 2 Norman Ruth Adkins October 12, 2015 at 14:40

      we as well offer condolences to the family and friends.also are prayers is that the holy spirit will comfort you at this time.we did not know officer tony,but know some of the family.i am a retired officer in fla,and can relate to this time of grief. we are all brothers in law enforcement.may god keep us all safe for harm. thank you norman.


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