Efforts to help families of deceased officers and injured officers are underway

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – There’s a new priority in eastern Kentucky following what investigators call a war zone that left three officers dead, one K9 police officer dead and four others on the scene. ‘hospital.

“We are doing everything in our power to provide comfort and care to affected families,” Floyd County Executive Judge Robbie Williams said at a press conference on Sunday.

Officials say the outpouring of support has been incredible and will be needed in the days, weeks and months to come.

“James [Chaffins] leaves behind a wife and a 6-year-old daughter. Ralph [Frasure] leaves behind a wife, a daughter, two sons, one of whom is a police officer who was there that evening, grandchildren,” said Prestonsburg Police Lt. Col. and Deputy Chief of Police Ross Shurtleff . “[William] Petry leaves behind a wife and son and a foster family with whom we are all interconnected.

Among those still recovering is Constable Gary Wolfe, who received shrapnel and glass in at least one eye. Williams said doctors had to remove the lens from one of her eyes.

Emergency Management Director Joe Reynolds was shot in the eye. Williams said he will lose his left eye and doctors will remove the rest in a few weeks.

Deputy Darrin Lawson was shot in the leg.

“[We] pray to God he can keep his leg,” Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said. “[He has an] amazing mind, amazing attitude. He wants to go to work tomorrow, just as we would expect Darrin to want to.

Sheriff Hunt says Deputy Drago’s K-9 handler, Deputy Dusty Newsome, is physically fine but misses his partner.

A memorial service for K-9 Deputy Drago is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, according to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. Organizers say the service will be dog-friendly.

Officials also say $40,000 has been pledged to help families and accounts have been opened for “fallen heroes of Floyd County” by Peoples Bank. They agreed to match the first $10,000 in donations.

Community Trust Bank followed suit, agreeing to pay $5,000.

Officials say the funeral alone will likely cost around $10,000 each, adding that the families of those still in hospital will also need financial support.

You can also donate online here.

“These families are going to be there for extended stays,” Williams said. “There are going to be hotels, expenses associated with that.”

The community is now preparing for three funerals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to bury three officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It happens far too often in our country today,” Prestonsburg Police Chief Randy Woods said. “I don’t know the answer, I don’t know exactly where we are going, I just know that we continue to hold the line.”

“Some wounds can’t be healed,” Williams said. “We just have to live with it.”

Storz remains behind bars in the Pike County Detention Center on $10 million cash-only bail.

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