“You know there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him,” said Lewis Catron Friday, the 10 year anniversary of the day his brother, Pulaski Co.Sheriff Sam Catron was killed at a fish fry at the Shopville/Stab Fire Dept.
Catron says he and his brother were close, and often talked of what they would do in their retirement. But those future days will never happen because of a single act of violence on April 13, 2002.
“The people of Pulaski County haven’t forgotten him. They still talk about him. It’s a great tribute to him,” said Catron.
Pulaski County’s sheriff of 17 years of was killed at a fish fry in a heated political year. Danny Shelley fired the fatal shot, and according to what came out in the court cases, drug dealer Kenneth White wanted Catron out of the way for his man, Jeff Morris, to get into office. All 3 remain in prison.
“It was simply a group of drug thugs who were trying to unseat a sheriff who lead the right way and led by example,” said current Pulaski Sheriff Todd Wood.
Lewis Catron played his brother in a re-enactment documentary about the murder called “Choices.” Shelley was interviewed in prison for the 2005 video.
“That’s what I have a hard time with now. Drugs caused me to do something to hurt someone who didn’t need to be hurt,” Shelley said in the interview.
Despite the obvious lessons about the dangers of drugs, Lewis Catron says what’s amazing to him is still hearing about how his brother gave of himself..for others.
“He did a lot of things. He didn’t do it out of publicity, he did it out of his heart,” said Catron.