TN officer down (sorry if repost)

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  1. BamaTrooper

    BamaTrooper Retired

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    Tenn. deputy falls to his death during investigation
    Chad Pritchard fell into a 200-foot sinkhole while investigating a crime scene

    LIVINGSON, Tenn. — An Overton County Sheriff's deputy has died after falling into a sinkhole near Hilham, about 9 miles west of Livingston.

    The Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton sent Deputy Chad Prichard, another deputy and two park rangers to work on a cold case homicide in the area of Rocky Mountain Road just outside of Standing Stone State Park. While searching the area, they came upon a sinkhole. When Prichard tried to get a closer look with his flashlight, the ground gave way and he fell to the bottom of the sinkhole. Park rangers estimated the hole to be 161-feet deep.

    The other deputy and park rangers called to Prichard, but got no response. Fire and rescue crews responded to the area. Officials said as crews worked, it became clear that Prichard did not survive the fall. It took crews several hours to recover Prichard's body.

    Prichard had been with the Sheriff's Office for just 2 ½ months. Sheriff Melton said the new deputy had a bright future in front of him.

    "He just got out of the academy and I felt like he was going to be top-notch," said Melton.


    Not that it makes any difference, but DAMN just 2 1/2 months on the job?
     
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    The policeman stood and faced his God,
    which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    just as brightly as his brass.

    "Step forward now, Officer.
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My church have you been true?"

    The Officer squared his shoulders
    and said, "No Lord. I guess I ain't.
    Because those who carry badges,
    can't always be a saint."

    "I've had to work most Sundays,
    and at times my talk was rough...
    and sometimes I've been violent
    because the streets are awful tough."

    "But I never took a penny,
    that wasn't mine to keep...
    though I worked a lot of overtime
    when the bills got just too steep."

    "And I never passed a cry for help,
    though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God forgive me,
    I wept unmanly tears."

    "I know I don't deserve a place
    among the people here.
    They never wanted me around
    except to calm their fear."

    "If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    it needn't be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But, if you don't...I'll understand."

    There was silence all around the throne,
    where saints had often trod,
    as the Officer waited quietly
    for the judgement of his God.

    "Step forward now, Officer
    You've borne your burdens well.
    Come walk a beat on heaven's streets.
    You've done your time in hell."
     

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    R.I.P. Deputy Pritchard
     
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  5. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    Wow... that's sad... new kid on the block and he suffers this tragic accident.

    Rest easy, prayers for the family.

    :fallenofficer:
     
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    Tragic end to a short career.

    Our newest rookie was in class at TLETA with him, said he was a great guy.

    God Bless Him, maybe God needed a Rookie for one of his crews....

    :fallenofficer:
     
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    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    Awful.Prayers for his family and department.
     
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    Glocked-N-Loaded Slow and low...

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    Happened not too far from where I am. Never had the chance to meet Dep. Pritchard but from all the interviews in the papers here he was well liked and highly thought of.

    Stay 10-8 up there bro
    :fallenofficer:
     
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