Hundreds of people honor the life of deceased officer Jacob Chaffins

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The community of Floyd County has buried the third officer who died in the fatal shooting that occurred in Allen.


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  • Prestonsburg filed the third officer who died in the Allen shooting on Thursday, June 30
  • Hundreds of people gathered to honor the life of Officer Jacob Chaffins
  • Chaffins was an officer with the Prestonsburg Police Department
  • Law enforcement everywhere showed their respect for the hero and his family

It was a tough week in Floyd County as they honored and buried three officers and K-9s who died in a shooting in Allen on Thursday, June 30. A tragic incident that Edward Gately, a Boston police officer, said hit hard at home.

“By the grace of God, it could have been me, it could have been any of my friends. You know, every time you go to work and you put on that uniform, you don’t know if you’re going home. It’s just sad,” Gately said.

Gately was just one of many officers who attended the funeral of 28-year-old Jacob Chaffins. He said it was about supporting his brothers and sisters in blue, especially fallen officers who sacrificed everything in the line of duty.

“What if something happens to me?” Other offices support my family and come to show that you will not be forgotten,” Gately said. “Not just a name or a badge, I’m actually a person, with a family and people who love me.”

Chaffins was a police officer for the Prestonsburg Police Department, a member of the fire department, a sergeant in the national guard and he served as a paramedic in his community.

Sergeant Gary Thurman of the Lexington Police Department said it was more than honoring those fallen officers.

“Being a child of law enforcement or any first responder or wife or husband of a first responder not knowing if they’re going to come back at the end of the day. So we not only want to honor the hero but also the family,” Thurman said.

Thurman and Gately said the best thing people can do in these difficult times is to thank their local law enforcement for the sacrifice they make daily for their communities. The three deceased officers will be buried in the Gardens of Gethsemane in Prestonsburg.

The final funeral of Floyd County’s K-9, who also died Thursday night, will be held Friday at the Mountain Arts Center.


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