It has been a rough Christmas weekend for Kentucky State Police. For the second time in one week, troopers at Kentucky State Police Post Nine in Pike County mourn the death of another trooper. 45 year old Detective Joey Howard was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Now, troopers statewide are trying to deal with the loss of two brothers.
It was just Saturday that Trooper Jonathan Leonard was laid to rest after losing his life in a car crash while on duty. Now for troopers at Post Nine in Pikeville, the mourning begins for a second brother in gray. Detective Joey Howard was found dead in his home on Christmas Day.
"Joey was a great guy, not only a police officer, but he was sort of quite in his own way, but he was full of fun," said Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police.
Family and friends say he got engaged on Christmas Eve. Just hours later, police say he died of what appears to be natural causes. Now Post Nine is without, who some call, one of the most respected detectives.
"Joey liked a challenge and he done an excellent job," Watts said.
"Anytime that you gave Joey a case, you knew that if it was solvable, it would get solved because he didn't let it stop. He's always done what he had to do to make sure he found the truth," said Scott Hopkins with the Kentucky State Police.
Police say ministers and counselors have met with several troopers in Pikeville to help them cope through their mourning.
Visitation services for Detective Joey Howard will be held at Hall Funeral Home in Martin in Floyd County Wednesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm. The funeral will be at James A. Duff Elementary School in Floyd County of Friday at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, family members ask that donation be made to Trooper Island.
You can make checks payable to Trooper Island INC. and send to:
Kentucky State Police Media Relations
919 Versailles Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601