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“A family man; the ultimate first responder” Fulton County Sheriff remembers fallen Deputy Troy Chisum

Hundreds of first responders gathered for a ceremonial walk-through to honor fallen 39-year-old Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum on Sunday evening. They came from all over the country to pay their respects. Tears and hugs were abundant as the wife and three daughters of Chisum mourned his loss with the rest of the community at Cuba Middle and High School. Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard described Chisum as “The ultimate first responder. He wasn’t just taking care of Fulton County. If the call came over from anywhere in the state he was the first one to say come on let’s go.”

Chisum was responding to a routine disturbance and battery call on Tuesday afternoon in rural Avon when the alleged shooter opened fire and Chisum was killed. He was a four and a half year veteran as deputy and was also an EMT and member of the West Central Special Response Team. “It’s going to happen somewhere else. You plan and you train for it but it’s not going to happen here. I will tell you, shots fired officer down is the worst thing you can hear,” said Standard.

Standard added, “It’s devastating, tragic. That family in there lost their father, lost the love of her life. You know, that’s not replaced.” Standard had a hard time describing what Chisum meant to their small unit, but answered easily when asked how deputy Chisum will be remembered. “He’s a family man. He was at the softball diamond of whatever else the kids were involved in. That’s what he is. If he wasn’t working he was doing something with the family,” explained Standard.

As for the alleged shooter, 42-year-old Nathan Woodring, Sheriff Standard says this isn’t his first run in with the law. “Excuse me, but it’s a dirtbag we’ve dealt with over and over and over. And here we are,” said Standard.

Funeral services for Deputy Chisum will be held at Cuba High School at 11:00 am Monday morning. A procession will start around 1:30 pm with the public urged to participate.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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