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Eastern Kentucky community 'forever changed' after 3 officers shot dead in Floyd County

Taylor Six, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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“For a small community like us – we are not Lexington, we are not Louisville – we are grateful for every penny we get because these officers and these families deserve it.”

Shurtleff also said he wants to make sure the victims and their families are remembered forever.

“A lot of times you see a huge outpouring of love and support,” he said. “Jake leaves behind a wife, and a 6-year-old little girl. Ralph leaves behind a wife, a daughter, two sons — one of which is a police officer who was there that night — grandchildren. Petry leaves behind a wife and a son and a host of family that we are all interconnected with.

“You see a huge outpouring of support for a period of time, and then people return to their new version of normal. I will make it my life’s mission that that new version of normal includes them as long as we draw a breath of air.”

Petry’s visitation will take place Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the Nelson Frasure Funeral Home in Martin and will continue Monday with services to be held at the Mountain Art Center at 11 a.m. A burial will follow in Prestonsburg at the Gethsemane Gardens.


Frasure’s arrangements will begin Monday at 6 p.m. with the visitation at Nelson Frasure Funeral home lasting through all day Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Mountain Art Center at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Gethsemane Gardens in Prestonsburg.

Chaffins’ visitation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Tom’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Mountain Art Center. His burial will also follow at the Gethsemane Gardens.


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