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Police Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins

Prestonsburg Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, July 1, 2022

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Reflections for Police Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

August 3, 2022

To the family and all those who loved Officer Chaffins, may God hold each of you close, give you strength and comfort as only He can to carry you through this time of mourning. With Deepest Sympathy and Prayers.

Paulette Penzes, Civilian

July 30, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Chaffins. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

July 21, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Police Officer Jacob Chaffins. I am so very sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Officer Chaffins to this nation and the citizens of Kentucky will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

July 19, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Chaffins. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Prestonsburg Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

July 18, 2022

Officer Chaffins,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

July 17, 2022



July 17, 2022

On behalf of Session 73 from the Zone Five Academy in New York State, We send out our condolences to the friends and family of Police Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins and Prestonsburg Police Department.

Recruit, M. Gootz
Zone Five

July 11, 2022

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada State Police

July 5, 2022

May you find peace and comfort during the difficult days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

July 5, 2022

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

July 5, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 5, 2022

So sad & tragic, RIP Sheepdog. May God bless and comfort your loved ones, both blood & blue (PPD & FCSO). Well done thou good and faithful servant.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

July 5, 2022

Thank you for your service. My heart aches for this community and the sheriff's office. One coward has decimated this community by taking three heros and a loyal K9. I pray that God will bring some sort of peace to all of the families and fellow law enforcement involved. All are heros taken too soon.

Sgt Wm C Elliott (retired)
Campbell County Sheriff's Office VA

July 4, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Police Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins. Please know we are eternally grateful for Jacob’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Police Officer Chaffins, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Prestonsburg Police Department in Prestonsburg, Kentucky for Jacob’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Police Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins’ family.

Also sent to the Chaffin Family was a “Forever Grateful Military Challenge Coin” to honor Jacob’s service to the Kentucky National Guard.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes #R309
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

July 4, 2022

So sad to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers, and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

July 4, 2022

Requiescat In Paces

Sergeant Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

July 4, 2022

Officer Chaffins, thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten, nor will those who died because of an animal. God please forgive me for not mourning the loss of the despicable creature that killed these Keepers of the Peace. Their families are now hurting beyond belief and under the circumstances, it's probably true that HIS family is now at peace.

Brother, may God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 4, 2022

Rest in Brother in Blue.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

July 4, 2022

Deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Chaffins and to his Brothers and Sisters of the Prestonburg Police Department, Kentucky. May GOD give peace, comfort, and understanding for their loss. RIP Brother.

Chaplain Terry Longacre
Manor Township Police Department (Retired), Lancaster, County, Pennsyl

July 4, 2022

Rest in Peace

A fellow copper
St. Louis Police Department

July 4, 2022

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service to protect your community.

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)

July 4, 2022

Rest In Peace, Officer Chaffins. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

July 3, 2022

Officer Chaffins, our world is full of evil people, and yet, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your loved ones are experiencing. May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

July 3, 2022

To all the family and friends of these three LEO's, please know I am so sorry for what happened to your loved ones. I pray for comfort, peace and strength during the days, months and years ahead.

To the family and friends of Officer Chaffins, I pray God's peace that passes all understanding over you.
My heart goes out to each of you.

Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2017

July 3, 2022

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