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Family And Friends Remember A Former Johnson Co. Sheriff Killed In The Line Of Duty

 21 years ago Johnson County Sheriff Gene Cyrus was killed in the line of duty.

On March 18, 1992, Sheriff Cyrus went to the home of Flem Burchett, a man who faced a second degree rape charge and had failed to return to court after a lunch break. Burchett greeted Cyrus with a shotgun. He died later at a nearby hospital.

Cyrus's name can be found on a monument outside the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, honoring those officers that gave their lives in the line of duty in Johnson County.

Family and those who knew him say Cyrus leaves a lasting legacy that can still be felt to this day.

Cyrus's daughter says the years since her father was killed have been painful at times, but the family has taken comfort in Cyrus's Christian faith, and the kind words of people who knew him.

The sheriff's office established a scholarship in Cyrus's name.

The scholarship offers $500 to young people interested in a career in law enforcement.

Flem Burchett died of a heart attack in LaGrange, Ky in December 2007.

Burchett was serving a life sentence for killing Cyrus.Family And Friends Remember A Former Johnson Co. Sheriff Killed In The Line Of Duty

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