New Castle, IN – New Castle Police Chief Brad Catron died from a medical condition on Monday.
“It’s a very great loss,” Henry County Commissioner and former sheriff, Kim Cronk, told The Courier Times. “He’s always been a compromiser and tried to work through problems. He will be hard to replace. Our prayers go out to his family.”
Cronk worked with Chief Catron on the area drug task force, conducting both narcotics and homicide investigations.
Chief Catron, a 29-year veteran of the New Castle police force, had been suffering from flu-like symptoms over the past week, and complained of chest pain, New Castle Assistant Police Chief Matt Schofield told The Courier Times.
On Friday, Dec. 15, Chief Catron was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, where he remained a patient until being released Sunday morning.
On Monday, the chief went to Henry Community Health, where he later died.
Chief Catron had knee surgery about three weeks before his death on Dec. 18, according to Chief Schofield.
Chief Schofield, who will serve as interim chief, said that he had worked with Chief Catron for 24 years.
“He was a character. A little on the hard-headed side, but he was a cop’s cop for sure. He liked to have fun and joke around,” Chief Schofield said.
New Castle Mayor Greg York released the following statement to WXIN:
“Our chief Brad Catron had served on the police force for 28 years, been the chief for the last 6 years.
He served with honor and respect. Chief Catron was doing a great job with our police department. He served our community with the utmost respect of our citizens and the entire police force. Chief Catron will be deeply missed.”
Chief Catron’s cause of death is unclear at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New Castle Police Chief Brad Catron, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.