Special Deputy James Ireland Thacker

Special Deputy James Ireland Thacker

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, January 23, 2012

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James Ireland Thacker

Special Deputy James Thacker was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. 460, just past Marrowbone Creek Road, at approximately 9:00 pm.

He was en route to Elkhorn City to serve civil papers towards the end of his shift when a speeding SUV crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. The SUV then collided with another vehicle. Deputy Thacker succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was charged with murder.

Deputy Thacker had served with the Pike County Sheriff's Department for one year and had previously served as an elected county constable for four years.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 71

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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To the family, friends and colleagues of Hero Special Deputy James Ireland Thacker: I proudly mailed a No Parole letter on his behalf today. Please know that I am very sorry for your loss.

To Special Deputy Thacker: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!

God Bless You All

Allie Wroten
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Wife of a Corrections Deputy

February 4, 2019

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