Retired Boyd County Sheriff Deputy Phillip Slone was only 55 years old when a drunk driver crossed the grass median on 16th Street in Huntington, causing his SUV to flip and trap him inside the car.  Slone died Sunday from the injuries in a Louisville hospital.

Slone was a lifelong Ashland resident who graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School in 1979. He spent two years with the Catlettsburg Police Department before being sworn in as a Boyd County Deputy Sheriff. At the time of his death, he was working as a delivery associate for Summit RV.

Even though he was recently retired, Slone was still “a part of the sheriff’s department family. He dedicated his entire life to law enforcement and serving in our community,” said Lt. Jamie Reihs of the Boyd County Sheriff's Department.

Recently, Ashland painted a “thin, blue line” inside the double-yellow median in front of the Ashland Police Department on 17th Street. The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and to symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protector of civilians from criminal elements.

Boyd County and the surrounding areas have lost one of our own. As citizens, we are blessed to live in a community that does not have tensions between us and law enforcement. Our law enforcement keeps us safe as we sleep, enjoy a day at the mall,  jog the park or walk our downtown streets.

Phillip Slone was one of those officers.

His funeral is Saturday at Steen Funeral Home - 13th Street Chapel in Ashland. He will be buried in Ashland Cemetery.

As citizens of this community we have a chance to show our support for our Thin Blue Line. Slone’s funeral procession will begin at the funeral home, take a left on 13th Street, a right on Blackburn Avenue, left  on 29th Street and then a right on Newman Street, where the fire department will be set up with the American flag.

Let us honor our fallen hero and show our support for the law enforcement community by coming out of our homes or our business and line the processional route, which will begin shortly after the funeral is over sometime between 2 p.m and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

(606) 326-2663 | rnixon@dailyindependent.com

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