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Law enforcement agencies unite following deputy's death

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Deputy Thacker's death has had a big impact all across Pike County.

Other law enforcement agencies in the area are also feeling the loss.

Sheriff's Deputy James Thacker's untimely death has rattled law enforcement agencies in Pike County.

“Our condolences go out to the family. I'm sure all the fire departments feel the same way. It's a very tragic accident,” Millard Fire Chief Glen Adkins said.

Officers from Pike County Sheriff's Department, Pikeville Police Department, and Kentucky State Police were all on scene late Monday night to help with the accident.

Police say something like this makes them take a moment to think about their jobs.

“Anytime you lose someone in law enforcement it makes you think about your own job and your role here,” Pikeville Police Sergeant Aaron Thompson said.

The impact was felt among all agencies in Pike County, who say they just want to be supportive to the Sheriff's Department.

“We spoke with the sheriff on different occasions. I just got off the phone with the sheriff. We're trying to assist them with anything that we can,” Trooper Shaun Little said.

KSP is still investigating last night's crash, but say they too are feeling the loss of a fellow officer.

The agencies say they will help with Deputy Thacker's funeral to help remember their friend and comrade.

Members from the Supporting Heroes Organization are in Pike County with Deputy Thacker's family to help them with funeral arrangements and any other support they need during this time.

The last eastern Kentucky Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty was Bell County Deputy Sean Pursifull.

Pursifull and his K9, King, were killed four years ago this month.

A Delaware teenager, David Poppiti, crashed his car into Pursifull's police cruiser during a chase and later pleaded guilty to wanton murder.

In October of last year, a section of Highway 119 in Bell County that includes where the wreck happened was named in Pursifull's honor.
Since 1917, eleven Pike County Sheriff's Deputies have died in the line of duty.

The most recent was Deputy Poyster "Poss" Keene. Deputy keen was killed in a car wreck in 1993.

• 1979 - Deputy Earl Smith
• 1950 - Sheriff Roy Conway
• 1940 - Deputy John F. Cable
• 1931 - Deputy Boyd Westin Hatfield
• 1929 - Deputy Thomas C. Tackett
• 1926 - Deputy Frank Phillips
• 1926 - Deputy Louis Casebolt
• 1925 - Deputy Jesse Ferrell
• 1921 - Deputy Walter Deal
• 1917 - Posseman Patton Bartley


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