A Tri-State community is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Kentucky State Police confirming the news of Muhlenberg County Sheriff Ricki Allen’s passing Tuesday Morning.
“Ricki Allen was a great guy and was a great Sheriff,” says Judge Executive Curtis McGehee. “He wasn’t a good Sheriff, he was a great Sheriff and he was loved by this community.”
We’re told a death investigation is being conducted by Kentucky State Police, though no foul play is suspected.
“My nephew knew him and I knew him and a lot of people in the community knew him,” says Steben Shelton, Muhlenberg County resident. “He was a great guy, took time out to ask how you’re doing and all that the way it should be.”
Sheriff Allen was serving his first term as Muhlenberg County Sheriff after being elected in 2018.
Those who knew Allen say he was a good man.
“He was a worker, he was a determined person, dedicated to whatever he was doing,” says McGehee. “He was one of those guys that made investment in kids, other officers, to me he was more than an acquaintance, he was a friend.”
This year was tough for the close-knit community. Just months ago, Deputy Terry Vick passing away.
Vick was another well known member of Law Enforcement who made a difference in Muhlenberg County.
“That was a huge loss for our community, then followed up by this, it’s been a double barrel for this community for sure,” says McGehee. “Those men were both well respected and well loved and I don’t know how you work through these things, but we’ve got a great community here and we’ll work through it the best we can.”
Sheriff Allen has roughly 30 years of law enforcement experience with his dedication to serving the community.
Madisonville Police also taking to social media Tuesday saying they’re saddened by the loss of Sheriff Allen who was a true public servant and friend to all.
“I’ve learned that in life sometimes bad things happen to good people, sometimes bad things happen to good communities, but this is just a real blow to our community and it hurts,” says McGehee. “It hurts a lot.”
We’re told the coroner will sit in the position until there is a new sheriff.