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Hero Down: Grady County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chase Stinson Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Norman, OK – Grady County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Deputy Chase Stinson died in an off-duty motorcycle crash in the early-morning hours of July 10.

The 26-year-old deputy was riding with his brothers and was on his way home when he collided with a curve on the ramp off Lindsay Street onto Interstate 35, The Express-Star reported.

Deputy Stinson crashed as a result of the impact, leaving him with fatal injuries.

Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess confirmed the young deputy’s death in a press release the following day.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of Deputy Chase Stinson,” Sheriff Boggess wrote. “Deputy Stinson was killed in a single vehicle accident last night on his motorcycle. This is a tragic accident that took Deputy Stinson from his family and the Grady County Sheriff’s Office family.”

Deputy Stinson participated in a police explorer’s program during his junior year of high school, which inspired him to pursue a career in law enforcement, according to his obituary.

He later joined the Blanchard Police Department (BPD), where he served for five years prior to joining the GCSO as a school resource officer three years ago.

“This position fulfilled Chase’s love for law enforcement as well as a desire to work with students,” his obituary read.

Deputy Stinson was also a firearms instructor.

He leaves behind his wife of three years, Maria, and his daughter, Hadlee.

Deputy Stinson is also survived by his parents, brother, in-laws, grandmothers, nephew, cousins, uncles, aunts, and many friends, coworkers, and extended family members.

“We are all heartbroken of the loss of Chase,” Sheriff Boggess said. “Please keep Deputy Stinson’s family and ours in your prayers.”

A fundraising campaign established to help the young deputy’s family in the wake of his death has raised more than $10,000 so far.

Deputy Stinson was laid to rest on July 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Grady County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chase Stinson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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