Deputy Sheriff James I. Thacker Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky End of Watch: Monday, January 23, 2012

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Deputy Sheriff James I. Thacker

Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Monday, January 23, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 53
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 71

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: January 23, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Charles Keesee
Pike County Sheriff’s Department
146 Main Street #204
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 432-6260

Deputy Sheriff James Thacker was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. 460, just past Marrowbone Creek Road, at approximately 9:00 pm.
He was returning to Elkhorn City from Pikeville at the end of his shift when an SUV crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. The SUV then collided with another vehicle. Deputy Thacker succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy James I. Thacker died while on duty after a car crash Monday night near Marrowbone on U.S. 460.

Sheriff Fuzzy Keesee says Thacker was serving papers on his way home to Elkhorn City when the wreck happened.

State police spent most of the Tuesday investigating the three-vehicle crash and say an SUV crossed the center line and hit Thacker’s cruiser. Another vehicle also hit the cars after the collision.

The sheriff says Thacker will always be remembered for his service to Pike County.

“He was kind and compassionate, he treated everyone else like he wanted to be treated, he was that kind of person just an excellent officer,” Sheriff Keesee said.

Keesee says Thacker joined the department just last year but served as a constable for four years before becoming a Sheriff’s Deputy.

A Pike County Sheriff’s cruiser now sits in front of the courthouse, draped in black and a wreath on top in memory of 53 year old James I. Thacker.

Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee says Thacker always answered the call of duty to help people.

Monday night, the call for help was for Thacker.
The Sheriff says Thacker was serving papers on his way home to Elkhorn City. He never made it.
State police say an SUV, driven by 47 year old David Childers of Ashcamp, hit Thacker head on.

"The preliminary investigation indicates Childers was traveling westbound, and as he was traveling he lost control of his vehicle, once he lost control, it crossed the center line into the east bound lane of traffic. Deputy Thacker was traveling eastbound, when Childers vehicle crossed the center line, it struck the Pike County Sheriff’s Department cruiser," said Trooper Shaun Little, Kentucky State Police.

The dozens of police who answered the call to help Thacker could not save him. He died at the scene. It was a scene the Sheriff will never forget.
"His family was there. I talked to them, had a prayer with them. We were all saddened," said Sheriff Keesee.

State police are still investigating what caused Childers to allegedly lose control and cause the crash. Troopers are reconstructing the wreck on US-460.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s department is coming together to remember their friend and fallen officer.

"It’s going to be a great loss to the community around us," said Sheriff Keesee.

Visitation for Thacker starts Wednesday night at The Community Funeral home in Coon Creek. His funeral is Friday at 1:00 at East Ridge High School.

State police say David Childers went to Pikeville Medical Center on Monday night after the crash. There is no word on his condition.

Police say the people in the third car involved in the crash were not injured.

State police are investigating what caused the crash, which involved three vehicles.

Thacker was a husband, a father of four, a grandfather and a former road foreman.

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1 Response to “Deputy Sheriff James I. Thacker Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky End of Watch: Monday, January 23, 2012”


  1. 1 Vickey Adkins January 24, 2012 at 20:13

    Rest in peace Brother
    You wont be forgotten
    178


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