Bridge ceremony held in honor of officer who died in 2019

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 3:31 PM EDT
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KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Knott County leaders held a bridge dedication on Thursday.

Made possible through the fiscal court, the ceremony honored Chief Deputy Dobby W. Jacobs, who died in 2019.

“You know, this is small to actually what he did, the price he paid over the years to serve Knott County,” Knott County Judge-Executive Jeff Dobson said.

Friends, family, and coworkers came out to commemorate his legacy and career.

“I think he was a very good officer. Bobby had people skills, he could have conversations with people of all different levels,” Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson said. “That’s definitely a big plus in law enforcement because you do encounter people in all different situations.”

Jacobs’ daughter, Emaleigh Jacobs, said the event was very respectful.

“It was pleasing to see all of his friends and family come out, that were able to come out,” she said. “I love that they were able to tell testament about his character and that just made me really proud to be his daughter.”

Jacobs said her father was a wonderful father and member of the county.

“He always joked he was the “pillar of the community,” she said. “He was an outstanding officer, the best father a girl could ask for, a great friend, I don’t think there was anybody that didn’t like him.”

Dobson said the bridge, located near the Pic Pac Parking Lot in the City of Hindman, was the perfect choice to honor Jacobs.

“This here is just above where Bobby lived, close to his homestead,” he said. “His family and friends drive by this area every day. So, this is the closest way we could get to his house, an actual home front.”

Richardson said Jacobs would have been happy with the choice.

“I think he would be very proud and happy to know that we are honoring him in this way and it’ll be something here for everybody to see for days and years to come,” he said.

Dobson adds the bridge is not the only thing keeping Jacobs’ memory alive.

“We pull his service car and set it around outside the courthouse, leave the lights on throughout the day, and just do that to that in honor of Bobby and remember him,” he said.

Jacobs said she is thankful for everyone who came out and attended the ceremony.

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