Sheriff remembers fallen deputy

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James I. Thacker died while on duty after a car crash Monday night near Marrowbone on U.S. 460.

Sheriff Fuzzy Keesee says Thacker was serving papers on his way home to Elkhorn City when the wreck happened.

State police spent most of the Tuesday investigating the three-vehicle crash and say an SUV crossed the center line and hit Thacker's cruiser. Another vehicle also hit the cars after the collision.

The sheriff says Thacker will always be remembered for his service to Pike County.

“He was kind and compassionate, he treated everyone else like he wanted to be treated, he was that kind of person just an excellent officer,” Sheriff Keesee said.

Keesee says Thacker joined the department just last year but served as a constable for four years before becoming a Sheriff's Deputy.

A Pike County Sheriff's cruiser now sits in front of the courthouse, draped in black and a wreath on top in memory of 53 year old James I. Thacker.

Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee says Thacker always answered the call of duty to help people.

Monday night, the call for help was for Thacker.
The Sheriff says Thacker was serving papers on his way home to Elkhorn City. He never made it.
State police say an SUV, driven by 47 year old David Childers of Ashcamp, hit Thacker head on.

"The preliminary investigation indicates Childers was traveling westbound, and as he was traveling he lost control of his vehicle, once he lost control, it crossed the center line into the east bound lane of traffic. Deputy Thacker was traveling eastbound, when Childers vehicle crossed the center line, it struck the Pike County Sheriff's Department cruiser," said Trooper Shaun Little, Kentucky State Police.

The dozens of police who answered the call to help Thacker could not save him. He died at the scene. It was a scene the Sheriff will never forget.
"His family was there. I talked to them, had a prayer with them. We were all saddened," said Sheriff Keesee.

State police are still investigating what caused Childers to allegedly lose control and cause the crash. Troopers are reconstructing the wreck on US-460.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff's department is coming together to remember their friend and fallen officer.

"It's going to be a great loss to the community around us," said Sheriff Keesee.

Visitation for Thacker starts Wednesday night at The Community Funeral home in Coon Creek. His funeral is Friday at 1:00 at East Ridge High School.

State police say David Childers went to Pikeville Medical Center on Monday night after the crash. There is no word on his condition.

Police say the people in the third car involved in the crash were not injured.

State police are investigating what caused the crash, which involved three vehicles.

The visitation for Thacker starts Wednesday night at 6pm at the Community Funeral Home in Coon Creek.

His funeral is Friday at 1pm at East Ridge High School.

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