Pulaski County Honors Slain Sheriff a Decade Later

Reported by: Ian Preston
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Updated: 4/13/2012 11:18 pm
It's been ten years since Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron was assassinated in front of the Shopville-Stab Fire Station.

On Friday over a hundred people from throughout the community came together at his memorial to honor the fallen hero.

Catron was shot to death by Danny Shelley who was working with drug dealer Kenneth White and Catron's political rival Jeff Morris.

All three received life sentences after Shelley was apprehended a short while after shooting Catron.

White would later die in prison.

Family and friends of Catron say he played an instrumental part in improving law enforcement in Pulaski county. He saw to it that all the deputies receive an education and that the sheriff's department have uniform cruisers.

Catron served as Sheriff from 1985 until his death. He served on the Kentucky Governor's Task Force for Marijuana Eradication, the Pulaski County Rescue squad and Appalachian High Density Drug Traffic Area task force.

Catron was also named Kentucky Sheriff of the year in 1989.
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