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Kentucky Chief Deputy Dead in Apparent Suicide

October 21, 2014  | 

The second-in-command at the Jefferson County (Ky.) Sheriff's Office was found dead Monday afternoon in a state park lodge from a gunshot wound, reports the Courier-Journal.

Col. Mike Hettich, well-known for his work as chief deputy with the sheriff's office and as Kentucky's national representative with the Fraternal Order of Police, was 56.

"The whole agency is in a state of shock," Col. Carl Yates said. "This was very unexpected, very sudden, very sad."

Hettich, a 33-year veteran of the department, attended an off-site morning training session for command executives and returned to his room at the lodge during a lunch break. He was soon found dead in his room, from what is believed to have been a self-inflicted wound.

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kevCopAz @ 10/21/2014 6:05 PM

Rest in peace, apparently you were hurting so much inside that this was the answer you sought, sad it had to end that way. Thank you for your service.

Concerned Citizen @ 10/21/2014 9:02 PM

The Gift of life is a very special gift. Eventually the divine spark of life will burn out for everyone. Becoming a slave to depression is wrong. The only way to over come it is Faith in God and doing the right thing. One person can save the lives of three people. Those three people can save three thousand etc. Read about Chiune Sugihara a Japanese Diplomat who save thousands of Jews. People who are depressed need to value themselves more and realize that pain is universal. If you're in Pain, realize there are others in Pain who you can help! It's a shame Robin Williams had pain, but didn't know how to deal with it. The last stage if Grief is acceptance. People need to first accept they have a problem. Only then can one seek answers that can help them. R.I.P Col. Mike Hettich.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/24/2014 4:58 PM

Whatever his person pain was my prayers are with his loved ones in the hope of somehow understanding this situation.

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