Lebanon police detective and hometown son Chad Jones was laid to rest Friday amid all the pageantry and honor his fellow officers could give.
Jones died of natural causes at his home Tuesday, according to police Chief Scott Bowen. He was 35.
The 1996 Lebanon High School graduate was a standout on the football field during his playing days.
In July 1999, Jones joined the police force in his hometown and graduated from the police academy shortly after. Bowen said it wasn’t long before Jones became a field-training officer.
“Chad was picked for his abilities for training other people,” Bowen said.
A few years later, Jones graduated from motorcycle training school and became a motorcycle officer. He did that for a few years before becoming a detective and then a narcotics detective.
“He was working narcotics, which includes undercover work, at the time of his death,” Bowen said.
Family, friends and fellow officers from Lebanon, Wilson County and several surrounding cities and counties packed First Baptist Church to say goodbye to Jones. The service included full police honors.
“Chad was one of these guys who everyone liked,” Bowen said. “The most important things that came to him were his family and friends, and especially his son, Connor.
“It was especially hard on everyone in the department. It was unexpected. He was a well-liked guy in the department.”
Bowen said his department will not soon forget Jones or his family.
“Not only was Chad a fine police officer, he was an even better person,” Bowen said. “We want to continue his memory and support his family in any way we can.”
Bowen offered thanks to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Robert Bryan for help in the unattended death case, as well as support through patrols during Jones’ funeral.
“I can’t say enough about their support and what they’ve done. They’ve been awesome,” Bowen said.