Family and friends gathered Friday in Salyersville to remember the life and career of a former Magoffin County sheriff.
Chalmer Wireman was known to Magoffin County residents as the sheriff from 1986 through 1998 but to his family, he was a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Wireman died Wednesday, two years after being diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer.
"He fought hard, he really tried," said Chalmer's wife, Patricia.
He started his career as a military policeman in Germany in the late 60's then he was a state police trooper for 5 years.
Mathew Wireman says his father was well known in Martin County when he was a trooper.
"Still to this day a lot of people don't know his name over there, they know him as the Red Rider because I think he told me he made 3,000 arrests over there in less than 3 years," Mathew said.
His wife of 4 years, Patricia, says Chalmer was happiest when he was hunting and fishing.
"We got to go fishing several times, so I really enjoyed that. I cherished that," Patricia said.
Mathew describes his father as his best friend, a man he spent most of his time with and even part of his career.
"We hunted and fished together and we worked as law enforcement officers together," Mathew said.
Chalmer's loved ones say he acted tough while working in law enforcement.
"He was just a big loving, friendly, kind guy, who would go out of his way to do things for people," Patricia said.
Chalmer Wireman leaves behind a wife, two children, two grandchildren and an entire community of loved ones.
Chalmer Wireman's funeral is Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Salyersville Grade School.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Disabled American Veterans Organization or the American Cancer Society.