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Car accident claims the life of a Pike Co. Sheriff's Deputy

Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James I. Thacker died while in the line of 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 that claimed officer Thacker’s life. State police say an SUV, driven by 47-year-old David Childers of Ashcamp, hit Thacker head-on. Childers was taken to Pikeville Medical Center and his condition is unknown. At this time, the cause of the crash is being investigated by Kentucky State Police.

Deputy Thacker's death has had a big impact all across Pike County. Other law enforcement agencies in the area are also feeling the loss, which has rattled officers all across the region.

Officers from the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Pikeville Police Department, and Kentucky State Police were all on scene late Monday night to help with the accident. Police say something like this makes them take a moment to think about their jobs. The impact was felt among all agencies in Pike County, who say they just want to be supportive to the Sheriff's Department.

KSP is still investigating last night's crash, but say they too are feeling the loss of a fellow officer. The agencies say they will help with Deputy Thacker's funeral to help remember their friend and comrade. Members from the Supporting Heroes Organization are in Pike County with Deputy Thacker's family to help them with funeral arrangements and any other support they need during this time.

The last eastern Kentucky Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty was Bell County Deputy Sean Pursifull. Pursifull and his K9, King, were killed four years ago this month.

Filed under: Pike Co. | Police investigate


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