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Former Martin police chief remembered by family, friends

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - People in Floyd County gathered Thursday to mourn the loss of a longtime law enforcement officer.

Former Martin police chief Jim Slone, 61, died Wednesday from a heart attack.

Slone worked for the Martin Police Department for more than 20 years and served as its chief from 2002 to 2011.

"He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it," Slone's daughter, Stephanie Prater-Allen, said. "He would do without food to feed someone that was hungry. That's the type of person he was."

Slone told WYMT in a 2005 interview he had a lot of help running a successful police force.

"It takes more than law enforcement," Slone said. "It's got to be a community effort. Law enforcement, schools, it's got to be a total effort by everybody."

Slone served a tour in Vietnam with the Air Force. He was also a cancer survivor.

"I don't know if I even have the words to describe how great he was to me in my eyes," Slone's granddaughter, Ashley Triplett, said. "He was my everything ... and i'm going to miss him a lot. He was the only man I ever knew that never let me down."

Wayland Police Chief Brian Ratliff worked under Slone for five years.

"He never saw a stranger," Ratliff said. "He would talk to anybody. And he was always around."

A visitation for Ratliff was held Thursday night at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin.

There will be another visitation Friday in his native Wheelright beginning at noon at Wheelright Freewill Baptist Church.

Funeral services are at one p.m. Saturday at the church.

Original story, 5/28/14:

A former Eastern Kentucky police chief is dead.

Jim Slone, 61, died Wednesday morning, one day after being released from the hospital, where he was treated for heart problems.

Slone, a native of Wheelwright, spent nearly 30 years as a law enforcement officer in the city of Martin, where he served as police chief from 2002 to 2011.

In his younger days, Slone was a military police officer in the Air Force.

As of Wednesday night, Slone's family had not completed funeral arrangements.

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