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Officer, judge executive candidate’s death considered 'in line of duty'

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OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – The sudden death of an Oldham County Police officer is now considered a death "in the line of duty."

David Howley, 51, died Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack.

Howley was in the running as a Republican candidate for Judge Executive in Oldham County gearing up for Tuesday's primary.

Throughout his life Howley has served as a firefighter, EMT and police officer. This year he was hoping to extend his public service. His family said he was born to help others and that's how they will always remember him.

Friday Kevin Howley wore his older brother's campaign shirt proud. For the first time after a long career in law enforcement David Howley was running for a public office judge executive. Kevin felt he was ready for the job.

"He was that type of person that he could make a difference," said Kevin Howley.

Howley's life was cut short on Wednesday, May 14, a day that had significant meaning for the entire Howley family.

"His son Austin would have been 22 years old the day Dave died and he passed away this past August and it really hit the whole family hard," said Kevin Howley.

Now the family is left to cope with another loss. Howley worked patrol and responded to an injury accident Wednesday morning.

"In this case he responded to an emergency call, started feeling bad either on the call or shortly after that and went home from work and subsequently had the heart attack and died a few hours later," said Eric Johnson, with Supporting Heroes.

Johnson said David Howley's death is classified as "line of duty" pursuant to the provisions of the Hometown Heroes Act. In general, if a person suffers a fatal heart attack or stroke within 24-hours of non-routine stressful or strenuous duty, it is presumed to have occurred in the line of duty, absent compelling medical evidence to the contrary.

"Someone who goes out and routinely risked their life serving the community and suddenly their life is cut short because of their duty, and then there are benefits for the family," said Johnson.

His family agreed. They said David Howley was always willing to put his life on the line for not only his loved ones, but the community he served.

"He was a great man, one this world will really miss," said Kevin Howley.

Visitations for David Howley's will be held on Sunday, May 18 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Monday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southeast Christian Church - Oldham Campus, located at 6201 Crestwood Station in Crestwood, Kentucky. His funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the same location.

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