Funeral Arrangements Set for Chad Michael

October 29, 2009

Funeral Arrangements Set for Chad Michael The family of our late alumnus Chad L. Michael, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, plans to hold visitation and funeral services this week in northeast Pennsylvania, where Chad grew up and where much of his family resides.

Chad was one of 10 Americans killed on Monday, October 26, when a U.S. military helicopter carrying seven U.S. Army soldiers, Chad, and two other DEA agents, crashed in western Afghanistan. They were on a joint mission combating narcotics trafficking in support of the U.S. military efforts to secure Afghanistan. Twenty-six other people were injured.

Chad had volunteered for service in Afghanistan. He previously lived in Miami, where he was working for the DEA. Chad began his law enforcement in 2001 as a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the same year he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Saint Leo. He stayed with the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office until 2004, when he achieved his dream of becoming a federal agent. He was 30 years old when he died.

Chad’s family invites friends to a visitation service from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, at the Evangelical Friends Church, 137 S. Third St., Hughesville, Penn. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday, November 5, at 10 a.m., at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane in the neighboring town of Muncy. The Rev. Glen McCreary will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home in Hughesville. No services will be held at the funeral home, but visitors with questions are encouraged to call the home’s toll-free line at (800) 655-7158 for information.

Chad’s family also suggests that memorial contributions be directed toward the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Postal Mailbox 659, Washington, D.C. 20006. The fund’s Web site is: www.deamemorial.org.

University Ministry held a Memorial Mass on campus Sunday, November 1 for Chad, in conjunction with the Mass for All Saints Day. The service was heartfelt and well-attended by many of Chad’s college friends in the area, members of the criminal justice faculty, some colleagues from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, as well as President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., and other university staff members.

Above: A recent family photo of Chad during a trip to Washington, D.C.