FLOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK) – The heartbreak continues this afternoon in Eastern Kentucky as friends, family and neighbors said goodbye at another funeral for a fallen hero.
Prestonsburg Police Captain Ralph Frasure was honored during a funeral service and laid to rest this afternoon. He was one of three officers killed in an ambush in Allen on Thursday, June 30 that began with Floyd County deputies attempting to serve an emergency protection order.
Neighbors and first responders gathered from across the state wearing black and blue to honor Captain Frasure.
Earlier this morning, Kentucky State Police and officers from multiple counties held a procession leading their fallen hero to the Mountain Arts Center for his funeral.
“There was no one like him and there never will be another like him.”Prestonsburg Patrolman Josh Hinkle
Those who knew Captain Frasure best paid tribute during the service, sharing their favorite memories and moments and thanking him for his 39 years of service in law enforcement.
Prestonsburg Police Chief Randy Woods says the community will always remember Captain Frasure as a man who was always smiling, laughing and lighting up every room he entered. He says Captain Frasure was always was always a jokester, but when times got tough, he was always there – never backing down to help those in need.
“To lay down his life for his friends. Ralph you showed us that love on that day,” Woods said. “What better testimony to leave to brothers in law enforcement, to know that we have friends that’s always got our backs.”
He was many things to so many people in the community, including a mentor that many looked up to and an inspiration for young officers. Prestonsburg Patrolman Josh Hinkle says Captain Frasure was his first squad sergeant, and one he will never forget.
“He lit up every room he went in,” said Hinkle. “There was no one like him and there never will be another like him. If you never worked with him, I want you to know he had tremendous courage. He backed down from nothing and no one.”
Captain Frasure is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter and grandchildren. The visitation for Captain Frasure was emotional for his family this morning as they began their final goodbyes for their beloved hero.
His funeral is being followed by a final salute from hundreds of officers and a procession to take him to his final resting place.
Floyd County Deputy William Petry was laid to rest yesterday, Tuesday, July 5.
The funeral for Prestonsburg Police Officer Jacob Chaffins will take place tomorrow, Thursday, July 7 at 1 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center.
The community is also planning a memorial service for Floyd County K-9 Drago, who was also killed in the ambush, on Friday, July 8. More details on that service will be announced at a later time.