'Never failed to show up when duty called': Community mourns as local deputy dies unexpectedly

Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 5:36 PM EST
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Monday morning, a sheriff's deputy with the Knott County Sheriff's Department died.

Bobby Jacobs was 47 years old and spent his life in law enforcement.

He worked at the Knott County Sheriff's Department in two stints, the first was when he was just getting his start in law enforcement.

"I can remember when he first started, didn't really think he was old enough to be a deputy he was so young," said Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson

Jacobs later returned to work under Richardson and worked at the department since 2010.

"I mean if we got a call here in the county that you know, had the possibility to be bad, Bobby was the first man to volunteer to go, I'll never forget that about him," he added.

Jacobs was a man those in the department said would be able to ease the tension of any situation and help people stay calm.

"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," Richardson said.

In addition to everything Jacobs did, he was also a school resource officer for all the schools in Knott County.

Jacobs also had a love for Nascar and trading knives.

"I mean he was very well thought of here, he has made an impact on a lot of people. A lot of friends and he's just... will be hard to replace," he added.

An autopsy will not be performed. The group 'Supporting Heroes' said he suffered a heart attack hours after responding to a call.

His visitation will be Wednesday from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. and anytime Thursday at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Hindman.

His funeral will be Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Knott Central High School gym.