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Hero Down: Rock County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Kaderly Dies Unexpectedly

Rock County, WI – Rock County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Deputy Bradley “Brad” Kaderly died unexpectedly on Nov. 11.

The 39-year-old deputy was off duty at the time of his death, WREX reported.

His exact cause of death was not released.

Deputy Kaderly joined the RCSO on Aug. 1, 2005, and spent the next 16 years of his life serving with the Patrol Division’s third and first shifts, WREX reported.

He was also a member of the department’s Recreational Safety Team.

Prior to hiring on at the RCSO, Deputy Kaderly served at the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center and also worked for the Green County Sheriff’s Department, according to his obituary.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Kaderly’s family and friends as they begin to mourn his loss,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to WREX.

Deputy Kaderly leaves behind his parents, as well as his two brothers and his maternal grandmother, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many extended family members.

The Rock County 911 Communications Center said in a Facebook post that Deputy Kaderly was a beloved member of the local law enforcement community.

“On behalf of the Rock County 911 Center, we wish to offer our most sincere condolences to our brothers & sisters at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office on the unexpected loss of their friend and co-worker, Deputy Brad Kaderly,” the post read.

“He had a special place in the hearts of many at 911 often stopping in and saying hi to everyone, bringing treats and just being an all around great guy,” the 911 center said. “We’re so sorry and sad that we won’t see him again and wish the Sheriff’s office staff and Brad’s family peace and comfort during this painful time. He was loved and appreciated & will be missed by many.”

Deputy Kaderly will be laid to rest on Nov. 18.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bradley “Brad” Kaderly, 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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