Hopkins County remembers life, career of Dep. Terry Vick


HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Hopkins county sheriffs deputies and others are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Deputy Terry Vick died in a car accident Wednesday morning on the Western Kentucky Parkway.

As traffic moves down Main Street in Madisonville, Deputy Vick’s cruiser sits still, covered with condolences and remembrances.

Flowers and cards cover Deputy Terry Vick’s cruiser near Sheriff’s Office in Madidsonville.

“He always had a smile on his face and wanted others to have a smile on their face as well,” said Sheriff Matt Sanderson.

Dep. Vick was with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office for less than a year.   Before that, he served 17 years with other agencies, including the Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Sanderson says Vick was someone who was always upbeat, and tried getting others to smile as much as he did.

“He’s a very caring individual. I mean, on and off duty, he was the kind of person that if he learned somebody needed something, where somebody needed something, he was going to do it no matter what,” he said.

Deputy vick spent the past year as the school resource officer at hanson elementary school.

“Yesterday was a day that I cried, and I missed him,” said Interim Principal Cristy Tomes. She remembers him as someone who was a perfect fit for the school, and someone who made students and staff feel safe.

“There were many days that sometimes we would be having a rough day, and he would come in to the office and encourage me and just make us feel better,” Tomes said.

Kentucky State Police are still investigating the crash that killed Vick. As his cruiser stays still, and the tributes to him  keep arriving. Funeral services for him are still in the planning stages.

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(This story was originally published on April 23, 2020)

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