FLOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK)—It has been a heartbreaking week full of grief and too many final goodbyes in Floyd County, Kentucky.
Hundreds of first responders, friends, family and neighbors gathered on Thursday to honor their fallen hero Officer Jacob Chaffins, one of three officers killed in an ambush on July 1. A procession was held by first responders from Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio to lead Officer Chaffins to the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.
Officers saluted Chaffins’ American flag-draped casket as he was brought into the building. The funeral began at 1:00 p.m., and following the funeral, hundreds of officers from around the area gathered to give him a final salute before he is laid to rest.
Officer Chaffins was just 28 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was born and raised in Kentucky, and his close friends shared their favorite memories with the person they could always rely on.
He dedicated this life to his community, serving as a Prestonsburg Police Officer, a firefighter, and a sergeant in the National Guard. His friends say he was always there for those in need and was a true public servant.
“He just loved working with people, and all of us are very proud of Jacob’s accomplishments in life and with all the hats he wore,” said Gary Dotson of the Mud Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Prestonsburg Police Chief Randy Woods said that at just 28 years old, Jake’s life was cut too short. And it was all while he was trying to do what’s right: saving another person’s life.
Officer Chaffins is survived by his wife Savannah and his daughter Paisley.
A police K-9 named Drago, a Belgian Malinois, was also killed in the shootout. On Friday, there will be a memorial service for Drago.