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Board honors dedication of beloved lawman

“He was an officer and a gentleman,” said ED-3 Supervisor William (Bill) Fitzgerald describing the late Lt. Steven Michael Cassada of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office who died unexpectedly Jan. 5.

Surrounded by fellow supervisors, Fitzgerald presented Cassada’s wife, mother and sister with a framed resolution honoring the law enforcement officer’s three decades of service to the citizens of Halifax County.

The presentation was made at the start of the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening in Halifax.

Cassada passed away unexpectedly last month while dining with family and friends at a restaurant in Altavista.

The lifelong Sinai community resident was 59.

He had served as a lieutenant and was a vital component of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office where he had served in various positions during his 34 years on the job, the resolution states.

Cassada served with six sheriffs dating back to September 1981 including Sheriffs Jim Miller, Woody Bane, Eugene Shortt, Jeff Oakes, Stanley Noblin and Fred Clark.

Cassada had served in positions of lieutenant, major and captain and at the time of his death was the evidence custodian for the sheriff’s office. 

In addition, he was the public relations officer and served as a liaison for the department with the various news organizations.

The resolution recognized Cassada for being a faithful member of Dan River Baptist Church where he provided outreach assistance to those in need.

He also was praised for contributing his time and talents to American Legion Post 8, the American Legion Riders and Patriot Riders.

“Lt. Cassada was a dedicated son, brother, husband, father and grandfather and was considered by many as a valued mentor, role model and officer and a gentleman,” the resolution further states.