The police officer in Lakeside, a kind man who appreciates the low crime rate of Lakeside and tries to help people whenever possible. Chad welcomes Shadow to Lakeside and becomes a true friend to him. Chad is shattered when he finds out the dark secret that keeps Lakeside prosperous, unable to live with killing Hinzelmann though Chad knows that Hinzelmann had to be stopped for the safety of Lakeside’s children. Shadow is able to convince Chad to keep living and start dating Marguerite Olsen, a sign of how much Shadow cares for mortal happiness in contrast to the indifference of most gods.
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...young “Negro child” disappeared that January. As Shadow scans the minutes for winter of 1878, Chad interrupts and regretfully tells Shadow that he is under arrest for violating his parole. (full context)