We add our voices to those expressing sorrow at the death of Brad Cramer, Somerset County’s sheriff and a longtime local law-enforcement professional.
Cramer, 67, passed away Saturday at a Pittsburgh hospital following cancer surgery, Somerset County officials told our David Hurst on Sunday.
“This is truly a loss for the county,” Somerset County President Commissioner Gerald Walker said.
The Somerset commissioners on Monday ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Cramer’s honor.
That includes a flag in front of the courthouse.
Somerset County District Attorney Jeff Thomas, who worked with Cramer on the local drug task force, told Hurst that Cramer’s death leaves a “tremendous” void.
“Brad’s presence in the courthouse will be greatly missed,” Thomas said.
Cramer was elected sheriff in 2015. He previously served as a Somer- set sheriff’s deputy, after 30 years with the Somerset Borough Police Depart- ment – six years as chief – and four years with Conemaugh Township.
Colleagues said Cramer was a staunch Second Amendment supporter and NRA-certified firearms instructor, as Hurst reported.
Cambria County, which lost Sheriff Robert Kolar to an illness in 2020, paid tribute to Cramer through a Facebook post on Sunday:
“Our office knows all too well the sorrow that accompanies losing your leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Sheriff Cramer.”