Unionville, NC – Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Captain Chase Coble died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on Oct. 11, according to his department.
“It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that Sheriff Eddie Cathey announces the sudden passing of Captain Chase Coble,” the UCSO said in a Facebook post. “Preliminary indications are that his death is due to natural causes.”
The 43-year-old captain’s law enforcement career began in 1997, when he joined the Marshville Police Department.
He was later hired by UCSO as a deputy in 2003, and spent the next 16 years assigned to Indian Trail.
“Under his leadership, the Indian Trail Division has grown to 25 deputies serving the largest municipality in Union County,” the department noted. “The outstanding partnership he fostered on behalf of the UCSO with the Town of Indian Trail will forever be remembered as a tribute to his leadership.”
Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez described Capt. Coble as a “hero, a brother, [and] a friend,” WBTV reported.
Despite his rank, Capt. Coble was always out in the field.
“When the phone calls came in, he didn’t send somebody, he went over,” Alvarez explained. “He was there if you were in trouble. He was there on the front lines to protect our town.”
“Forevermore, Chase Coble will be a part of this town and his memory will live forever,” the mayor said.
Capt. Coble was instrumental in his role as a liaison between the local community and the county.
“I think it’s safe to say he shepherded the relationship between the town and Union County,” UCSO Lieutenant Malcom Murray told WBTV. “He was a crusader for what he believed was right and for what his role was.”
Lt. Murray said he found Capt. Coble’s body after he tried to reach him several times without any luck.
“My heart sank,” the lieutenant said, recalling the moment he realized his friend had passed away. “I got weak-kneed and I couldn’t think straight.”
Capt. Coble leaves behind his daughter, Summer, as well as his mother, Linda, his stepfather, Jimmy, and his brother, Chuck, according to his department.
“Please keep his family, the UCSO and his many friends in your prayers for the difficult days ahead,” the UCSO said. “He will be greatly missed.”
Capt. Coble will be laid to rest on Wednesday, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Union County Sheriff’s Office Captain Chase Coble, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.