Hundreds honored a former police chief

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Hundreds celebrated the life of an eastern Kentucky man who was a pillar in the community he lived and worked in.

Rod Maggard of Hazard lost his battle to cancer Wednesday.

It was a final goodbye for those closest to Rod Maggard who they call a man of integrity and the epitome of what a police officer should represent.

"He had set a higher standard for law enforcement in the area, and he was just one of those people that you would want to work for," said Joseph Engle, the deputy chief at the Hazard Police Department.

Teary eyed community members, friends and family gathered to celebrate his life.

"His career in law enforcement and his dedication to his community. That was the one thing about Rod, he was a humbled man," said Chris Early, one of Maggard's family members.

Those attending the service say Maggard will be remembered as a pillar of the Hazard community as a former police chief which is what he wanted.

"Someone that loved people. Honesty, truthful, integrity and looking out for the welfare of others," said Rod Maggard on May 30, 2012.

Those who spoke in his honor referred to him as one of a kind.

"Men like Rod Maggard can't be replaced. You could not replace him. It's up to other men I guess to take what we learned from him and try to emulate what he showed us," said Chris Fugate, a good friend of Maggard.

"Thanks. Thanks for all you've done," said Deputy Chief Engle.

Rod Maggard was 68 years old.

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