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Brother of slain Pulaski Co. sheriff offers support to Mingo Co. sheriff's family

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

STAB, Ky. (WYMT) - We are days away from the anniversary of the shooting death of another sheriff in our region.

Former Pulaski County sheriff Sam Catron was gunned down on April 13, 2002, at a campaign event in Stab, near Somerset.

WYMT talked to Catron's brother Wednesday about his thoughts on the events in Mingo County.

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot to death Wednesday while eating his lunch outside the county courthouse.

"It hurts," Catron said. "It does. I mean your heart goes out for that family because you know what it was for you and your family and it's just a heartbreaking experience."

Catron said hearing about another sheriff being gunned down brings back memories of his brother's murder.

"It's a brotherhood there with law enforcement family," he said. "And it's just like losing another member of the family."

The pain is something Catron said you have to feel to understand.

"It's hard on a family, the immediate sudden death," he said. "But by the same token, you understand a lot of this when a man puts a badge on. It doesn't make any difference. But it still gives you a numb feeling and it's a terrible feeling at the time."

Catron said he hopes the people in Mingo County pull together to offer the same type of support that the people in Pulaski County offered to him and the rest of his family after his brother was killed.

"They all came and were very helpful," he said. "They did what they could for us. We had a lot of prayers and stuff to keep us going and they helped us in any way they could. I feel like they will step forward for him in the same way (in Mingo County)."

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