Hamilton County sheriff's investigator honored for actions during July 16 terrorist attack

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 5/18/16. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Traffic investigator Jeff Gadd speaks about carrying CPD Officer Dennis Pedigo away from the July 16 attack on Amnicola Highway while at the HSCO East Annex on May 18, 2016.

Jeff Gadd was in uniform on the morning of July 16, riding his Hamilton County Sheriff's Office motorcycle to escort a funeral procession on Ashland Terrace, when radio traffic about an active shooter began to trickle in.

The info came through: Active shooter on the riverfront.

Gadd, already blocking traffic for the funeral procession, held the intersection at Hixson Pike open so the other sheriff's deputies and police officers who were escorting the funeral could get through, and fast.

Then he sped down Amnicola Highway after them. Gadd pulled his motorcycle to a stop on the side of the highway, just outside the green fence that loops around the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center.