Troopers across the state are remembering a man they call a friend and beloved member of the state police family.
Retired Trooper Rick Conn died suddenly yesterday in South Carolina of natural causes.
Conn was credited with saving lives after a 2004 explosion in Floyd County.
Officers who knew Rick Conn say he was loved by anyone he ever met.
"Rick was just an exceptional person, an exceptional trooper, and good to everyone," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little.
"Rick had good people skills. He was real good with the public. Kids loved him," said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price.
The 49-year-old retired after he was injured when he pulled a woman and her baby from their burning home when a pipeline exploded.
Friends say Conn was a true hero and someone to look up to.
"He was a good husband a good father. I don't think anybody out in the community that he lived and worked, you can't find anybody that doesn't have anything good to say about Rick," said Little.
The news of his passing came as a surprise to them all.
"We lived one house apart. It's tragic what happened. I just hate it for his family, and his friends, and his kids," said Price.
"Rick was close to my family just like every other trooper that he worked with out here, so it was hard on me and my family and everybody else that had ever made contact or come in contact with Rick," said Little.
They say his philosophy in life was to live it to the fullest.
"You keep fighting until you can't fight anymore. That's something that they instilled in you down there. You just keep going until you can't go," said Conn in a 2006 interview.
They will never forget the man they say was like family.
Conn's funeral arrangements have not been set.
He lived in South Carolina, but officers say he will be buried back home in Eastern Kentucky.
Visitation will be in the J.W. Call Funeral Home Chapel after 6 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the J.W. Call Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sam Crawford officiating.
Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Kentucky.
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