CHEROKEE — A veteran police officer known for his dedication to his family and to his job died from injuries suffered in the line of duty, his department said.
Cherokee Indian Police Department Patrol Officer Anthony “Tony” Lossiah died of medical complications after he was chasing a suspect in a wooded area on Aug. 11 in Cherokee, said Officer Ben Reed. Lossiah tore a muscle in his hip and suffered internal bleeding that led to more complications, Reed said. He died Tuesday at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was 38.
Lossiah had been with the department for more than 17 years and served in numerous capacities, including as tribal complex security, a juvenile officer, and a child victim unit detective.
Reed said he was "one of a kind."
"He was a very quiet person but he talked when he wanted to I reckon," Reed said.
Lossiah is survived by his wife Candy (Bird) Lossiah and children Anthony Chase Lossiah, Zachariah Lossiah, Jaylen Evans, Nathaniel Evans and Isaiah Evans, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Lossiah enjoyed working with schools and children and also loved sports, especially softball and baseball. "Tony was loyal to the department," Reed said.
"He was a very capable officer."
A visitation will be held 5 p.m. to midnight Monday at the Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center at 200 Ravensford Drive in Cherokee.
Funeral services will be held starting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center. Burial will follow at the Lossiah Family Cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the home of Sam & Francine Watty at 445 Hoot Owl Cove Road in the Wolfetown community.
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