Hazard, KY – Knott County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Chief Deputy Bobby Wayne Jacobs died in the line of duty on Monday after suffering a heart attack.
The 47-year-old chief deputy had just returned to the sheriff’s office after handling a call when the medical emergency struck, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He collapsed to the ground, and was transported to Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead, according to his obituary.
One day prior to his death, Chief Deputy Jacobs responded to a residence to help apprehend a barricaded fugitive who had threatened to kill law enforcement officers, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
The suspect was arrested without further incident, WHAS reported.
Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson said that Chief Deputy Jacobs was always “the first man to volunteer to go” whenever especially dangerous situations arose, WYMT reported.
“I’ll never forget that about him,” Sheriff Richardson said. "We a lot of times deal with a lot of bad situations, tense, and he usually was the one that kinda, I guess, bring us back to reality.”
Chief Deputy Jacobs served the KCSO in two separate stints during his 23-year law enforcement career.
“I can remember when he first started, [I] didn’t really think he was old enough to be a deputy he was so young,” the sheriff told WYMT.
His later left the department, but returned for good in 2010.
Chief Deputy Jacobs also served as the school resource officer for every school in Knott County.
“He was very well-thought-of here,” Sheriff Richardson told WYMT. “He has made an impact on a lot of people.”
Chief Deputy Jacobs leaves behind his three daughters, Emaleigh, McKenzie, and Lauren, as well as his companion, Carla Barnett, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his sister, brothers, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members.
Chief Deputy Jacobs will be laid to rest on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Knott County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bobby Wayne Jacobs, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.