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Former officer shot in line of duty dies

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Detective Bobby Branham (Source: Supporting Heroes) Detective Bobby Branham (Source: Supporting Heroes)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A former firefighter and police officer, who was shot in the line of duty, has died.

According to Supporting Heroes, Detective Bobby Branham, died on May 14, following a surgery he had performed due to complications of a gunshot wound he sustained on July 16, 1972.

After he was shot, Branham spent over eight months in the hospital and underwent eight surgeries in that time.

Branham began his career as a firefighter in Louisville before moving into a position in the police department. While in the police department he served in patrol and vice and was also a member of the dive team. After his medical retirement he served as Chief of Detectives for the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in Louisville.

Branham received the Officer of the Year in 1969 and the Mayor's Award in 1973.

According to Supporting Heroes, Detective Branham is survived by his wife, Mary Carroll Burnett; daughter, Cynthia Sowers; grandchildren, Dustin Sowers and Carla Sowers; and great-grandson Westin Sowers. 

His visitation will be held Friday, May 24 at Newcomer Funeral Home, located at 235 Juneau Drive, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. with an FOP service at 6 p.m.

Branham's burial will be private.

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