Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 16, 1998

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Reflections for Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker


Yesterday marked 25 years since you left. I think of you often. Doesn’t seem like it’s been a quarter of a century. You’re not forgotten!

Former ABC 1162 / Colonel (Ret), USA

April 17, 2023

Investigator Thacker,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the 1991 Gulf War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 16, 2023

Sir, we have never met, but we have some mutual friends. And … you would be proud of the way they have carried on and remembered your legacy and life. I am truly sorry for your passing, and thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Joel Watson
Torrance County Sheriff Office NM - retired

April 17, 2022

Brandon, think of y’all often, this day never passes without you and Eddie on my mind. Next year will be 25 years, since you left this world. You left way too soon brother, I know you’re shining down on us though. Love you man!


April 17, 2022

Brandon was in my academy class in Richmond. He was a great guy. It was terrible news when I heard what had happened. The thin blue line got a little thinner that day. I think of him often.

Officer Ken Spalding (retired)
Frankfort Police Department

April 16, 2022

Never easy son, We all miss you and think of you daily.

Sam thacker

March 31, 2022

Traveling through Kentucky today I saw the memorial sign on the hwy., searched this site to learn what happened. Such a tragic loss to this family and family of blue. As the daughter of a fallen officer my heart breaks for them. Rest In Peace sir and thank you for your service.

Julie Carrington

June 18, 2021

R.I.Peace Brother

Ed Kester
66th MPs Karlsruhe FRG

December 1, 2020

Brandon, you were in my thoughts today, think of you often. It's been awhile since I last posted. You are not forgotten..

Shon Adams

November 14, 2020

Dearest Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker,

I am so sorry, though it has been years now, to hear of your tragic ambush. My heart breaks. You were so young and so willing to serve. THANK YOU. My prayers of love and comfort to your wife and son, the Department, community and those who knew and love you. You were deprived and so were we. I pray to meet you someday and that your family can reunite in peace. I want to say thank you to your wife, Kathrine, for all she is doing for your memory and our fallen officers. My daughter is only 23 and is a police officer for City of Davis. We have seen the tragedies first-hand. May HE keep you and guard you until the day we all meet. The offenders will have their day. So very sorry.

Love and Blessings,

Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

November 12, 2019

Feeling thankful that I was a friend and teammate of Brandon. We had some laughs and
typical teenage jokes. Even though we lost a friend and teammate in Brandon, I am so proud
of his bravery and service. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for all he achieved and
people he served. This April 16, will be 21 yrs. He and his family gave so much, that is why
I am truly thankful to have known him.

Daniel (Danny) Little MCHS Class of 
Friend and Teammate

March 22, 2019

Getting ready to celebrate our 30th high school reunion. I was saddened to hear of his passing years ago, but very proud of his service. Wish I had known him better in school and beyond.

MCHS Class of '88

Brandon Powell

July 25, 2018

Just thinking about you today, how can it be almost 20 years? Still think of you always and will always remember.

Just a friend

March 28, 2018

Brandon was a wonderful person to know. I was blessed to have worked with him in the Louisville branch office of ABC. I will always remember our talks, whether it be about cooking, or race. He was comfortable with whatever conversation that day brought. He was a special young man who loved talking about his family. I will always be thankful for having had the opportunity to work with Brandon-his stories are now memories.

Joyce Ware Travis
Retired Co-worker, KY Dept. ABC

April 17, 2014

Always on our mind and in our hearts.


April 16, 2014

Another year come and gone just sitting here remember the last beer was share after the detail telling stories and laughing out loud. Goes without saying but I miss you buddy. By the way Cats lost in the final game this year.

Chet Gentry

April 15, 2014

Almost 16 years, it's so hard to believe it's been that long. You are always missed, thought of and loved. You provided wonderful happy memories that bring those of us who were blessed to know you many smiles still today. Thank you for loving me and for giving me so many great memories and blessings, especially our daughter. <3 always!


April 13, 2014

Just thinking about you.


October 29, 2013

Just wanted to let you know you are thought of often. My son has been in heaven with you for a month now and I'm sure you have already met him. Give him a hug for me and tell him I love him. I tell him every day but he'll get a kick out of hearing it from an old friend of mine. See you when my work here is done.


SSA D. Louis Mitchell
FBI Miami Division

September 16, 2013

Agent Thacker thank you for your service and I want you to know your wife in your memory is doing a great job in teaching law enforcement agencies on caring for and assisting fallen officers families. I just finished attending her class ( COPS Truama's in Law Enforcement) at the National Sheriff's Association Conference in Charolette NC.

Major Jim Gilbert
Franklin County Sheriff's Office (Columbus, Ohio)

June 23, 2013

As the anniversary comes and go's So many people remember you for your since of humor, patriotism, loyalty and dedication to your fellow man. Family and friends will remember you forever, We will meet again

Family member

April 15, 2013

Always on our mind and forever in our hearts.


April 8, 2013

I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I know so much about you. I rode in your honor this year with Law Enforcement United. Your wife has done so much in your honor and continues to be an idol to us all. Your daughter looks so much like you. After getting to know you through your family I regret not ever getting to meet you. Rest well brother, your family is in our hands now. Keep watch over all of us to continue your work each day!

Master Officer Russell Copersito
Raleigh Police Department

May 19, 2012

Brandy your Grandfather Sam passed today at 12:15 pm he he would have been 99 May 16, He will have his King B and fishing pole show him wher Grandma is and treat him well

Family member

April 24, 2012

even though you died when i was 3 weeks old you still had a huge impact on my life. every time around this year my dad always gets very sad. he wishes it was him. i wish you could be hear to see how much you daughter has grown. rest in peace

hailea gentry
daughter to brandons partner chet gentry

April 16, 2012

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