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Friends Remember Murdered Former Police Chief

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by Chris Conte

TOMPKINSVILLE, KY.- The city of Tompkinsville is trying to cope with the loss of their former police chief, after he was shot and killed while walking to get his mail on Tuesday afternoon.

"He'd been in involved with law enforcement for 50 years," said Tompkinsville's current Police Chief Dale Ford on Wednesday.

Herbert Proffitt was 82-years-old and spent most of his life serving the people of Tompkinsville and Monroe County as either their sheriff or chief of police. His colleagues call him one of the most dedicated public servants they've ever met.

"He dedicated his life to his job but his family came first and that's hard to do in this business," Chief Ford added.

A few hours after he was shot, officials arrested and charged 81-year-old Charles Hammer with murder. Officials believe Hammer may have killed the former chief out of revenge. Chief Proffitt had helped put Hammer behind bars multiple times since his criminal record began in 1978 with a Wanton Endangerment Charge.

"For him (Hammer) to carry on this many years then just out of the blue do this, it's crazy," Chief Ford went on to say.

Kentucky State Police are still in the process of investigating the Chief Proffitt's death.

His community plans on remembering his life Friday by burying him with full honors.

"He's a fallen officer. He dedicated his life and he'll always be an officer in our hearts."

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