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Iowa FD mourns sudden loss of veteran fire captain

Captain Brad Sherwood joined Cedar Falls Fire Rescue as a volunteer in 1997

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Brad Sherwood, a Cedar Falls Fire Rescue captain, died at his home in Grundy County on Friday. He was 56.

The cause of his death is still undetermined. The announcement was made on the Cedar Falls Public Safety Facebook page.

Sherwood first joined the department as a volunteer firefighter in 1997 and was hired four years later. He was promoted to captain in 2009.

During his career, he served on all shifts and was the department’s expert on fire truck maintenance and firefighter gear.

He received multiple awards and was the department’s Fire Officer of the Year in 2015.

” Captain Sherwood was an outstanding leader and even better person,” Fire Chief John Zolondek wrote in the Facebook post. “I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like Brad. He was a pleasure to work with and he always created a family atmosphere on his shift. His skill set will be missed — and be hard to replace.”

” Captain Sherwood was a caring and passionate leader,” Craig Berte, director of public safety, said in the post. “He always brought out the best in his team. He loved his job, always had a smile on his face, and will be missed by many in our community.”

He is survived by his family in Dike. Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls is in charge of arrangements.

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