Fallen Floyd County Officers Honored at the Kentucky Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) — Nearly three weeks after the deadly shooting in Floyd County, Ky., where three officers and a K-9 were killed, those who died were honored Wednesday in Frankfort.

The General Assembly Interim Committee on Veterans Affairs, Military Affairs and Public Safety heard from officers from the Prestonsburg Police Department and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Kevin Thacker talked about knowing Deputy William Petry.

“He was an idol for our office,” Thacker said. “The most important thing about Petry is that he was a family man.”

Prestonsburg Police Deputy Chief Ross Shurtleff has opened up about how he finds comfort after the loss of Captain Ralph Frasure.

“He knew what he was doing the day he died, and that kinda helps me cope,” Shurtleff said, “because he went to see these first two officers who came in for backup, with whom you couldn’t do three years of experience between the two of you, and he went straight to them, and he didn’t go down without a fight. He was at peace with that.

Shurtleff also shared memories of working with Officer Jacob Chaffins.

“He wanted to be a police officer and he didn’t quit until he was hired,” he said.

Rep. Ashley Tackett Laferty, who represents the district where the shooting occurred, presented House of Representatives memorial citations to bring back to the families of the officers.

“They were loved and valued in our community in more ways than one,” Laferty said.

The Kentucky House also presented officers injured in the shooting with challenge coins.

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