Highway renamed after late deputy sheriff

By: Jerrika insco Email
By: Jerrika insco Email

A highway in Knott County was renamed in honor of a chief deputy sheriff who died in the line of duty.

Bristol Taylor of Knott County was killed nearly 40 years ago after being shot four times.

In memory of 29-year-old Bristol Taylor, a portion of Highway 1393 was unveiled with a new name: Deputy Bristol Taylor Memorial Highway.

One sign will be posted here at the intersection of 1393 and 899 and another here at the intersection of 582 stretching across three miles of highway.

The family says it is a road they have driven on all their lives, and they are honored his legacy will be left winding this highway.

"His father helped build this road, and so it's kind of like an ancestor thing. He helped build it, and now it's named for his son," said Fern Taylor, Bristol Taylor's widow.

After all these years, it is obvious Taylor made an impact on Knott County as a law enforcement officer and a veteran.

"It's gonna be so precious, so precious to me," said Fern Taylor.

"The signs up will be a reminder and hopefully everyone will appreciate everything he did," said Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson.

His mark on the community is now both in their hearts and along a highway in which they travel.

The highway name change was initiated by State Representative John Short and was then approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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