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Three Hundred Attend Pike Deputy's Funeral

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Chris Anderson/Appalachian News-Express
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Pike County Sheriff's deputies carry their colleague James I. Thacker to his final resting place during his funeral on Friday. Thacker was killed in a vehicle crash Monday night on U.S. 460.

As police officers from across Kentucky and parts of West Virginia fought back tears, the last call for a public servant who was killed in the line of duty was given, just days after his death. Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy James Ireland Thacker was laid to rest on an overcast Friday afternoon in front of family, friends and nearly 200 fellow police officers from all across Kentucky, as well as some from West Virginia. More than 300 people attended a memorial service for Thacker at East Ridge High School.

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