Yesterday (Dec. 29), the staff at the Tuscarawas County Southern District Court and myself learned of the untimely passing of Probation Officer Jared Wade.

Jared was only 29 years old, but made a huge impact on young peoples lives that were affected by his interaction at the Courts Probation Department.

Many times he was called upon to tutor young people who had gotten into trouble and assisted many, many young men and women in completing their educations at local high schools.

Jared always had a smile on his face and was extremely well thought of by all of the staff at the court as well as attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement officials that came to the court. Our thoughts are with Jareds wife Amber and his two small children.

He will be sorely missed by the court.

Tuscarawas County Court Judge

Brad L. Hillyer