Deputy, homeowner killed in W. Kentucky
From WPSD 6, Paducah, KY
Livingston County, KY: Widow Offers Support to Family of Fallen Deputy
Saturday, June 04, 2005
The Lynch family continues through their grieving process. Today a woman who knows their pain first hand drove in from Louisville to lend her support.
Rebecca Grignon's husband, Peter, was killed while on duty with the Louisville Police Department just two months ago.
Now she's taking her experience on the road to help other families cope with the tragedy of losing a family member who died serving.
Grignon says it's good for her to share her experience. She says she'll never fully get over her husband's death, but she wants to be an example that you can get through tragedy.
"There's got to be good somehow that comes out of Peter's death and if it's helping other police officers and their families, then that's what it is," says Grignon.
Livingston County, KY: Sheriff's Department Mourns Fallen Deputy
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Late Thursday night, a deputy answered a domestic dispute call just east of Ledbetter in Livingston County, Kentucky. Deputy Roger Lynch went to the home of Joseph Calender. The two exchanged gunfire in the house, killing each other.
Today flags flew at half staff in Livingston County.
Sheriff's deputies wore black bands over their badges to honor Lynch's death and pay respect during the mourning process. Tommy Williams met Roger Lynch over eleven years ago when Williams became Sheriff.
"I firmly believe the Lord put Roger at the Livingston County Sheriff's office," says Sheriff Williams.
He never thought he'd earn the title of pallbearer... especially not in one of his own deputy's funerals.
"This time this deputy worked for me... he was my responsibility," says Williams.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department was already pretty small with seven deputies. Now that Deputy Lynch is gone, it's even smaller. These guys are more like family than coworkers.
"You'll never find someone the same caliber as Roger to replace that," says Sheriff Williams.
Sheriff Williams is no stranger to having friends on the force die. He's had a handful of his buddies killed while on duty. The last time Livingston County had to plan funeral arrangements for one of their fallen officers was over 20 years ago. Sheriff Williams says it doesn't get any easier. Every time an officer goes down it just re-opens old wounds.
"I drove approximately 20 miles... praying... and I don't remember driving that 20 miles. And I was praying everything was fine and he'd be OK. Of course when i got to Smithland they gave me the bad news, and the other bad news was that I have to notify the family. Not an easy task for any man," says Sheriff Williams.
The funeral is scheduled for 3:00 PM on Tuesday at the Potter's House Baptist Worship Center in Smithland. The public visitation is Monday at 1:00 PM and Tuesday - 10:00 AM until the funeral hour.
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From KFVS 12, Cape Girardeau,MO
Deadly Shootout Kills Sheriff's Deputy and Local Man
By: Lauren Keith
Ledbetter, KY -- A deadly shootout leaves two families mourning the loss of loved ones and police investigating the death of one of their own.
It was a gruesome discovery for a state trooper in western Kentucky. When the trooper arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance to find a Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy and another man shot dead.
It happened near the town of Ledbetter, about 11:20 thursday night. Kentucky State Police say when Deputy Lynch arrived on scene, Joseph Calender fired eight rounds, four of them hitting Lynch. Between those shots, Deputy Lynch fired back one fatal shot.
Calender's wife made a second call to 911, and just three minutes after that call a Kentucky State Trooper arrived and found the two men dead.
Investigators spent most of Friday at the crime scene. They found approximately 40 guns inside Calender's home, including assault rifles, a handgun, an illegal silencer, and a bulletproof vest.
Heartland News spoke to several family members and friends of both Deputy Lynch and Joseph Calender on Friday. They say, they're just too upset to speak on camera, but they want everyone to know how much their loved ones will be missed.
Western Kentucky Folks Remain In Shock
Livingston County, KY -- People across Livingston County and western Kentucky remain in shock following a deadly shootout that claimed the lives of two people.
As we told you on Friday, investigators found 51 year old Roger Lynch and 48 year old Joseph Calender dead inside the Calender's home. Lynch responded to a domestic dispute call at the Calender home late Thursday night and when he arrived, there was a shootout. Both men were hit and both died from their wounds.
Saturday afternoon, folks in town and across Kentucky mourn the loss of deputy Lynch. He worked as a deputy for five years. Livingston County Sheriff Tommy Williams says, Lynch was a fine officer whom he was glad to have had the chance to work with in Livingston County.
Heartland News also spoke with counselors and police officers who made the trip to Livingston County to lend their support. One counselor says, she knows the pain the fallen deputy's wife is going through, because she lost her officer husband a few months ago.
Visitation and funeral arrangements have been made for Deputy Lynch. The visitation begins Monday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Potter's House Baptist Worship Center in Smithland. The visitation continues Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. before the funeral, which is set to begin at 3 p.m.