PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Pikeville City Police Department along city officials and community members held a moment of silence Friday outside of the police department for Officer Scotty Hamilton Day.
Officer Hamilton was killed in March of 2018 while out on parole.
1-11 was declared Scotty Hamilton Day because his badge number was 111.
"We just knew we were going to retire that number and that's just who he was to us. He was 111 to us," said Pikeville Police Officer Russell Blankenship.
Blankenship started working at the department in 2006, the same year as Officer Hamilton.
"Scotty could do his job and do it well and make no enemies in doing so, you know, nobody was mad at him, even the people he took to jail," said Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds.
Chief Edmonds said Officer Hamilton was a hard worker.
"There's nothing he didn't go at that he didn't go at full force," said Edmonds.
Those who knew Officer Hamilton reflected on the many traits they loved about him during the moment of silence.
"He was always funny," said Blankenship.
A call rang out on the dispatch radio honoring Officer Hamilton at 1:11 p.m.
"It's hard to replace something like that," said Edmonds.
Pikeville City Officials declared every year 1-11 will be Officer Scotty Hamilton Day, with events honoring his memory.
"Scotty Hamilton Day, it was amazing to see that kind of crowd and it really blessed us to see that," said Edmonds.