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Hero Down: Union City Police Officer Rodney Steed Dies In Crash

Union City, GA – Union City Police Department (UCPD) Officer Rodney Steed died on May 29 after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash while off-duty.

Details regarding the collision and where it occurred have not been released.

The UCPD confirmed the 57-year-old officer’s death in a press release on May 30.

“It is with great sadness that the City of Union City Police Department announces the passing of Officer Rodney Steed,” the police department said. “Officer Rodney Steed succumbed to injuries from an off duty vehicle accident.”

Officer Steed served the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) for 20 years before joining the UCPD in 2017.

He also previously served in the U.S. military, where he received full retirement.

Officer Steed was assigned to the police department’s Court Services Division at the time of his death.

“Officer Steed passing is a tough loss for our agency as his spirit and continual laughter remains an integral part of our daily lives serving and protecting the citizens and visitors of Union City,” the UCPD said.

His sister, Carlotta Harris Harrell, said Officer Steed was beloved by those who knew him.

“Brother, Son, Husband, Father, Veteran, Law Enforcement, Protector, Friend, Gentle Giant, Best Person Ever are just a few words to describe my brother Rodney,” Harrell wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “Gone but never forgotten. Your Service here is done, but I know your spirit, laughter, kindness, and love will be with us forever.”

Officer Steed was laid to rest on June 4, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Union City Police Department Officer Rodney Steed, 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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