Bell County Deputy Laid To Rest

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sean Pursifull had a simple answer when
faced with a challenge on the job as a deputy sheriff in rural
southeastern Kentucky: "let's go."
Often, the Bell County deputy Pursifull was joined by his K-9
service dog King. The two became popular figures at local schools,
educating students about the dangers of drug use and making 69
arrests during their three years together.
On Sunday the two were laid to rest side-by-side at Fuson Family
Cemetery following an emotional service at Bell County High, as
hundreds of mourners - many of them fellow law enforcement officers
- paid their final respects.
Pursifull and King were killed early Thursday morning when their
parked cruiser was struck by a car driven by two teenagers. Police say the teens were trying to elude police after a gas station drive-off. They have been charged with murder and assault of a service animal.
The teens pleaded not guilty during their closed arraignment in
district court Friday according to head public defender for Bell
County Linda West.
Over 900 people packed the high school during the service,
hundreds of them law enforcement officials from the tri-state area.
A sea of uniform hats filled the gymnasium, while the funeral
procession was packed with law-enforcement vehicles.
"He was a deputy with his whole heart. He poured his whole
heart into that uniform," said Rev. David Peters, chaplain of the
Pineville Police Department. "He was willing to pay the ultimate
Peters said Pursifull's optimism made him popular among his
peers, and his energy helped him lead the fight against drugs in an
area ravaged by abuse.
"We have a terrible drug problem and (Pursifull) was one of our
soldiers that wanted to fight that problem," Peters said. "He did
his job."
So did King. Bell County principal Jeff Saylor said the visits
by Pursifull and King made a significant impact with students.
Pursifull is survived by his wife and two children.
Information from: The Daily News,

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  • by ryan Location: EKU law enforcement student Richmond on Jan 17, 2008 at 08:27 PM
    I found this on facebook on the fallen officers group and thought that it was very appropriate for sean's family and all the people he helped thru the years.... In Rememberance Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. Unknown Author
  • by Sherry Location: Harlan on Jan 17, 2008 at 02:50 AM
    Our family extends heartfelt sympathy to Officer Pursifull's family and friends. I know law enforcement is a tight knit community when something happens to one of their own and their display at his funeral must have been a great encouragement to his family. We were especially touched at all the K-9 units who traveled with their companion officers, many from far away. May God bring comfort to the hearts of all who grieve Officer Pursifull (and King's) loss.
  • by sue Location: frakes on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    God bless you. My prayers go out to your family.
  • by Katie Location: Hulen on Jan 16, 2008 at 04:53 PM
    My heart goes out to Seans family friends and fellow officers. I didn't know Sean or King but I do know that he was loved by many and he will be missed by all. My prayers are with u all. God Bless.
  • by Renea Location: Williamsburg on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    I too have two boys that were raised w/o a dad because of murder. One I was 2 months pregnant with so he never has nor will seen his dad. It was so hard for me then to understand how God could have let this happen. But now some 11 years later, I have found peace and I know that God can and does work out ALL things to the good for His children. God bless you is my prayers. Always teach your children that now they have two fathers watching over them.
  • by Kathy Location: Artemus on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    Know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. God Bless You in the coming days. May you know he holds you in his mighty hand.
  • by J.G Location: Lexington on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    Indeed two fine officers were lost here and I, like so many others grieve for them and particularly his family. This is not meant to be negative at all,however I wonder If we shouldn't rethink this pursuit policy. Let's not let this debate take undue attention from the tragedy at hand. Perhaps we should rethink some things though!
  • by whitney Location: bell on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    I am so sorry for the lost of sean pursifull and his dog king. they will be missed dearly and will never be forgotten. sean and his family is in my prayers. God bless you
  • by Herrick Hacker Location: tennessee on Jan 14, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Sean, your children will always know they are guided from above. God bless you all.
  • by Anonymous Location: Bell on Jan 14, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    My heart goes out to his two daughters they will miss their father very much. My heart also goes out to his fiance and his unborn son that he will never met nor hold all because of some punk kids. I hope they get what is coming to them either in this life or the next.
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