Less than a year after the passing of its chief, the Adairsville Police Department was shaken again by the sudden death of Assistant Police Chief Capt. Louis Dean, who died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 47 years old.
"This is a very difficult time for us," said current police chief Mike Jones. "This city and this department will be deeply impacted by his loss — not just the officers and staff, but the citizens of Adairsville. He was a great law enforcement officer and a great man."
Dean's career in law enforcement began in 1997 when he earned his certification as a police officer. He was hired by the Grady County Sheriff's Office in southwest Georgia, then served as assistant police chief in Whigham, a small town in Grady County. Three years later, he moved to Gordon County where he served a dual role as a Calhoun Police officer and a Gordon County deputy investigating drug activities. He served in that capacity for the next 11 years before moving to the Adairsville department.
In addition to serving as the assistant chief, Dean also served as the department's public information officer.
Louis Karl Dean was born on April 24, 1971, in Fort Sill, OK.
He was a Gordon County resident at the time of passing. He is survived by his wife, Dodie, and a 15-year-old daughter, Bailey.
Funeral services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Pinkard officiating. Burial will follow in Fain Cemetery.
Jones said Dean's email messages always ended with a quote from Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.
"No one is compelled to choose the profession of police officer, but having chosen it, everyone is obligated to perform its duties and live up to the high standards of its requirements."
"Louis had it printed on the wall of our training room," Jones said. "He lived that quote every day."
— This version of the article is corrected to show Assistant Captain Louis Dean's wife's name is Dodie.