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Hundreds attend visitation for fallen Sheriff's Deputy

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Hundreds of people from all parts of Kentucky attended the first night of visitation for fallen Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James I. Thacker.

Friends, family, and law enforcement colleagues all wanted to pay their respects to the deputy killed in a crash.

The line was out the door at Community Funeral Home as people came to honor Thacker.

"It's a very sad thing when something like this happens to the community, especially when it's a deputy or law enforcement that tries to protect us," said Creg Damron of Pikeville.

Deputy Thacker was serving papers Monday night when police say a car crossed the center line on US-460 and hit him head on.

"When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, it affects police all around because everyone knows it could have just as easily been one of them," said Eric Johnson, Executive Director of Supporting Heroes organization.

Police from across Kentucky came to support the Pike County Sheriff's Department and Thacker's family.
"Pay respects and show honor that they're not alone, that they're part of a bigger family, that they all mourn with them," said Johnson.

"The support for our department and the family of James I. Thacker's been wonderful. Support that's unbelievable," said Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee.

Many who never even knew Thacker are thanking him for his service.

"We certainly thank all the people that has given the sheriff's department and James I.'s family support, so great to do that," said Sheriff Keesee.

Those who attended the visitation say Thacker's legacy of helping others will never be forgotten.

The visitation continues Thursday at the Community Funeral Home. The funeral is Friday at 1:00 at East Ridge High School.

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