Goshen police chief dies after battle with cancer

Goshen’s police chief has died.

Wade Branson died late Monday morning after a battle with cancer. Branson was with the City of Goshen Police Department since 1983 and became its Chief of Police in 2009.

Assistant Chief of Police and acting chief, Jose Miller, said in a statement:

“This is a heartbreaking time for the Goshen Police Department family. We not only lost our Chief, but we lost our friend. Chief Branson dedicated thirty-five years to this department and the residents of our great community. Chief Branson always put the needs of others before his own. This included his own men and woman at the police department. Even through his vicious battle with cancer, he put others before himself, because he did not want those around him to worry. He was first in line to carry the stresses from the job, but was last in line to take any credit. He was not just a boss, he was a leader. His passing has left a hole in the hearts of all of us. The impact Chief Branson left on this department will never be forgotten.”

Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman presented Branson with the Key to the City last June.

Stutsman said, “On behalf of the community of Goshen, we thank Chief Wade K. Branson for everything he has done. Thank you for showing a community what honor, integrity and pride look like. I am a better man for knowing you; our community is a better place because of you! We will never forget!”

Flags are lowered at half-staff at all city properties in honor of Branson.

He was 61 years old.