Not forgotten

Chelsi Hamilton, widow of fallen Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton, helps light candles at a vigil service held at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday at the Pikeville Police Department to mark the one year anniversary of Scotty Hamilton’s line-of-duty death.

A year to the day that Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton was killed in the line of duty, his loved ones, brother officers and members of the community remembered his service to his community.

At the Pikeville Police Department Wednesday night, dozens of people gathered at 11:11 p.m. to light candles in remembrance and memory of Officer Hamilton, who held the now-retired unit number 111. Among those in attendance were the fallen officer’s wife, Chelsi, who lit candles for some of those in attendance.

Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds said the memorial was a humbling show of support.

“It was a great turnout and a great show of support for Scotty and this department,” Edmonds said. “You had a lot of people there that knew him ... but you also had a large turnout of just people from the community.”

Edmonds said Wednesday was an emotional day, but so have so many days since Officer Hamilton’s death.

“It’s certainly a day you’ll never forget,” he said. “You’re constantly reminded of it.”

Edmonds said Wednesday’s gathering was a testament to what Officer Hamilton meant to the community, and to the service he provided before his life was taken.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the support they’ve shown to this department and to Scotty’s family,” Edmonds said. “It’s a testament to Scotty and to what he was able to do for this city.”

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