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Eddie Sledge, left, is pictured in this file photo. Sledge, a 22-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office died Saturday night (Staff Photo by Allison Kwesell).
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Detective Eddie Sledge

Longtime Hamilton County Sheriff's Office employee Eddie Sledge died unexpectedly Saturday night. 

Sledge was a 22-year veteran of the sheriff's office. He previously served as a patrol deputy and member of the traffic division. He was a detective in the criminal investigation division at the time of his death.

"Detective Sledge was a dedicated and respected law enforcement professional regarded by all who had the pleasure of knowing or serving with him," according to a release from sheriff's office public relation manager Matt Lea. 

The nature of his death has not been revealed. The funeral arrangements are being conducted by Turner Funeral Home. 

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