Edmonton, KY – Metcalfe County Sheriff Ricky Brooks died Saturday after an 18-month battle with leukemia.
Sheriff Brooks, 40, was elected to office in November of 2018 and quickly became a popular leader for his department, the Glasgow Daily Times reported.
“He found out [he had cancer] after he had filed to run,” Metcalfe County Judge-Executive Harold Stilts said. “It's a big loss for the county. We were hoping and praying that he could overcome his illness, but it just didn't come through for him. We are mourning in sorrow for him and his family.”
Sheriff Brooks retired from the Kentucky State Police as a trooper first class, WCLU reported.
While he was with the state police, Trooper Brooks worked as an undercover narcotics officer and a homicide detective.
Prior to joining the state police, he was an officer for the Edmonton Police Department and the Glasgow Police Department, the Glasgow Daily Times reported.
Sheriff Brooks also worked as a Metcalfe County sheriff’s deputy in the early years of his law enforcement career, according to WCLU.
“He was an upstanding police officer, very dedicated to his profession,” Edmonton Police Chief Delaney Wilson said.
Chief Wilson described Sheriff Brooks as a “friendly, hard-working family man.”
The sheriff was also a veteran of the Iraq war, the Glasgow Daily Times reported.
While serving in the Kentucky National Guard in January of 2005 with the Alpha Battery of 623rd Field Artillery Battalion, he was involved in an IED explosion near Baghdad that killed his brother-in-law, Specialist Eric Toth.
Sheriff Brooks suffered second and third-degree burns on several parts of his body and was awarded a Purple Heart, WCLU reported.
Friends and family said that Sheriff Brooks battled valiantly after being diagnosed with cancer.
He bravely endured two rounds of chemotherapy and a 100-day stem cell treatment at the VA Hospital in Nashville but was unable to beat the leukemia.
Sheriff Brooks stayed connected with the community he served even while he was sick and in treatment, including treating the local high school girls’ basketball team to lunch in January.
Funeral services for Sheriff Brooks will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton, with burial to follow at the Asbury-Center Cemetery, the Glasgow Daily Times reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Metcalfe County Sheriff Ricky Brooks, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.