Cherokee police officer dies from injury on duty
Cherokee Indian Police Department Patrol Officer Anthony “Tony” Lossiah died at Mission Hospital, in Asheville, on Tuesday, Oct. 6. He succumbed to complications stemming from an injury sustained while performing his law enforcement duties.
CIPD officials related, “Tony faithfully served the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the public at large as a CIPD officer for more than 17 years. During those 17 years, Tony served in many capacities, which included Patrol Officer, Juvenile Officer, Tribal Complex Security, and Child Victim Unit Detective.”
Officer Ben Reed stated, “Tony will be sorely missed. I can’t imagine what his wife, children, and family are feeling throughout this loss. But, I do know what it’s like to lose a friend and co-worker. It’s certainly not easy, but God said His Grace was sufficient. Tony was certainly ‘one-of-a-kind’, and I have enjoyed knowing him and working beside him. My prayers are with the family. Please help me pray for our officers and our community.”
– Cherokee Indian Police Department