Hero Down: NC Highway Patrol Lt. Ira Grady Dies From Medical Condition

A member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol died of a medical condition on Sunday.

​Durham, NC - North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) Lieutenant Ira O. Grady, Jr., died Sunday from a medical condition.

A 23-year veteran of his department, Lt. Grady, 45, joined the NCHP in November of 1994, according to WTKR.

Officials with the NCHP posted a message about Lt. Grady on its Facebook page.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Grady family as each of us struggle through this time of loss”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Let us focus on his life, his service to our state and the many memories he has provided.”

“We are extremely saddened by the loss of Lt. Ira O. Grady, who proudly served the citizens of North Carolina for 23 years,” Colonel McNeill told the Johnson County Report. “His passing remind s each of us to recall the value of life as we join together to honor his legacy.”

Lt. Grady, of Knightdale, graduated from the 94th Basic Highway Patrol School and was assigned to Wake County in 1995.

Ten years later, in February of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

In January of 2009, Lt. Grady assumed the role of First Sergeant in Johnston County. In May of 2013, he was promoted to lieutenant, and assigned to Troop B Headquarters in Cumberland County.

Lt. Grady is survived by his wife Sheree, parents, sister, and other family members.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of North Carolina Highway Patrol Lt. Ira O. Grady, Jr, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

Lt. Grady, your life mattered.