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Deputy William Petry of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is one of the two law enforcement officers who lost their lives, along with a police K9, to an active shooter in Allen, Kentucky.

Petry was remembered as a loving father and husband who was devoted to the community.

His wife Sherry wrote on Facebook, “Our Life’s will never be the same ????????” along with a graphic of the thin blue line. A person wrote on her comment thread, “Such a wonderful man, a good person all his life. He will truly be missed by everyone. Prayers for you Sherry and you family.”

Another friend wrote, “He truly died doing what he loved to do and that was to protect and serve his community!” Another declared, “He was the best of the best!” A neighbor wrote in a tribute, “William was an amazing person and our little neighborhood will never be the same.”

Five other police officers and an Emergency Management Director were wounded in the rampage, according to Lex18.

The deceased law enforcement officers were identified as Ralph Frasure of the Prestonsburg Police Department and Deputy Will Petry. The slain K9 was named Drago, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. You can read a tribute to Frasure here.

Officer Down Memorial PageK9 Drago

“As reported earlier by different news media outlets, a deadly shooting has taken place tonight,” the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department wrote on its Twitter page. The department wrote that the sheriff wanted “to thank everyone for your concern, texts, phone calls and most importantly your prayers. He asks that you please continue to pray for all of the men and women involved and the families who have suffered loss.”

The City of Prestonsburg declared the officers heroes on Facebook, writing, “RETURNING HEROS. We can confirm that our [heroes] Captain Ralph Frasure and Deputy William Petry are returning from Frankfort toward Martin via Kentucky 114, US 23 and Kentucky 80. They have been on the road for about thirty minutes if you would like to come out and show your respects. ”

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Petry’s Son Described Petry, a Retired Kentucky State Trooper, as the ‘Best Dad I Could Ever Ask For’

On Facebook, Petry wrote that he had studied at Prestonsburg Community College, went to Allen Central High School, lived in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, and was from Martin, Kentucky.

He also left behind a son. On Father’s Day, his son, Chase, wrote on Facebook, “Happy Fathers Day to the best Dad I could ever ask for. Thank you for always being there for me and pushing me to be the best I can!” After his father’s death, he shared a photo of the thin blue line.

On Facebook, Petry shared a picture of the World Trade Center buildings, jokes, and posts about escaped inmates.

“If you find a moment today, please keep the family, friends and co-workers of Retired Kentucky State Trooper and recent Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy, Worshipful Brother/ Noble William Petry in your thoughts and prayers,” Eddie Hazelett wrote on Facebook.

“He was shot and killed in the line of duty last evening serving his community. He was Past Master of John W. Hall Lodge No. 950 in Martin, KY. He was a Noble at Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington, KY. I worked with William for several years in his capacity as a KSP Trooper and set in Lodge with him many times. He was a outstanding Man, husband, father, and Mason. Alas my Brother…????????”

Petry Was Remembered as a ‘Protector of Our Community’

Tributes flowed for the fallen officers on social media.

“William Petry was a husband, father, grandfather, friend & a protector of our community. He was a wonderful man,” a woman wrote on Facebook. “I’ll never forget a day he came in the studio to help out with a fundraiser for Trooper Island & when he left he stopped and saluted a picture I had hanging on the wall of my grandfather. That moment will forever be in my memory..”

Brandy Broce posted a collage of photos as tribute to all of the fallen and wounded and wrote:

The City of Prestonsburg wishes to thank everyone for the show of support and community outpouring of love. We will hold our fellow employees up with the reverence they deserve. We have lost a long-time friend and a 39-year veteran of Law Enforcement in Floyd County, Ralph Frasure, who has left so many loved ones. Another officer, Jacob Chaffins, just beginning a career in Law Enforcement, is currently in the hospital with a grieving young wife and daughter. We also hold up our first responder friends in EMS and the Floyd County Sheriff’s office who were there in the fray, protecting the public from such a coward. We will try to keep the public aware as things are developing.


A woman wrote on Facebook,

The devastation in my hometown late yesterday evening has truly devastated alot of us, heart broken and a loss of words, we have lost 2 truly wonderful men in our community…They protected us daily from evil in this world, but evil decided to take them from their families and us…..please pray for the families of William Petry and Ralph Frasure and our community as we all go through these trying days….Continue prayers for another whom I know as well ????????

People offered additional tributes on the comment thread of Petry’s wife. “William came to my aid recently with compassion and kindness… what a great person…” wrote one.

“William was an amazing heroic man of God!!” wrote another.

The Officers ‘Encountered Pure Hell,’ the Sheriff Says

TwitterLance Storz

In an interview with WSAZ at the courthouse, Sheriff John Hunt said the shooting was “planned” and that officers “encountered pure hell when they arrived. They had no chance.”

They were trying to serve an emergency protection order in a domestic situation, according to Hunt. When they arrived, Storz opened fire.

“When the deputies put out the call for help, the responding agencies, I guess, just entered the line of fire without even knowing where it was coming from. We were there for hours before we even knew where it was coming from,” said Hunt.

The suspect opened fire and then barricaded himself. The surviving officers’ conditions are not clear. WOWKtv reported that Floyd County deputies are among the victims.

“@ATFLouisville’s Ashland and London Offices are responding to a shooting scene and armed barricaded person in Floyd County, Kentucky. @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available,” the ATF’s Louisville office wrote on Twitter.

The suspect, Lance Storz, was arraigned on the morning of July 1, 2022, according to online court records for Kentucky.

Jail booking records show he is accused of two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree assault on a service animal.

The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department wrote, “Our hearts are heavy tonight. We would like to ask that you please pray for our fellow law enforcement officers and first responders who are dealing with the critical situation in Allen. Each day when an officer goes out, he never knows if he is going to make it back home. These are special people with a desire to put others lives ahead of their own. Please lift them up…they need you right now!”

Storz is accused of using a rifle, but Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley told WSAZ the suspect used multiple weapons.

“There is no question this was a mass shooting,” Bartley told the television station in a joint interview with the sheriff. “When I saw it was a war zone, when I pulled into this area, you are talking about people in fatigues, people with body armor, people with night vision, people with assault weapons. If that’s not a war zone, I don’t know what is.”

Bartley said there was “lots of ammunition,” including “different caliber weapons. Smaller caliber, some large caliber, some shooting at extreme velocities. Ya know, very quick shooting.”

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are ready to move on from ‘glorious prison’ of Kensington Palace, say royal experts

LIKE many mums, Kate Middleton is spending the month of August getting her kids ready to return to school.

But it’s not just pencil cases and uniform labels the mum of three will be organising this year, because autumn signals not only a new term for Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, but new beginnings for her and William, too.

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The family are making the move to Windsor after one final “normal” summer at their country estate of Anmer Hall in Norfolk. They are believed to have the keys to Adelaide Cottage, a four-bedroom house on the Windsor estate.

Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith says: “William and Kate are going to have their hands full this summer as they move home to be nearer the Queen and settle the kids into a new school. But I think they are ready for the next chapter in their lives.”

It’s thought the main reason for their move to Windsor rather than Kensington Palace is not only to give the children more freedom, but also to be closer to the Queen, plus Kate’s parents and siblings.

As well as being there for Her Majesty since the loss of Prince Philip last year, the duke and duchess have also stepped up their roles as the 96-year-old monarch has increasingly been forced to pull out of royal engagements due to mobility issues.

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Both Wills and Kate have to be ready to fill in and prepare for the transition within the royal family when Prince Charles becomes king.

Royal biographer and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, explains: “I think Wills and Kate need space to bring up their children. Kensington Palace is a glorious prison for kids – they want to be able to play football without being watched from behind the gates.

“I think Windsor will be perfect for them, as they will have lots of freedom and they can all be at school together.”

Kate is keen to bring up the kids there as it’s also close to where she grew up in Bucklebury, Berkshire, and where her parents, Michael, 73, and Carole, 67, live in a £4.7million Georgian manor house barely an hour’s drive from Windsor Great Park.

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Kate’s sister Pippa and her investment banker husband James Matthews have also just invested £15million in a place in the county, and last year her brother James and his French wife Alizée bought a £1.45million farmhouse in the village of Stanford Dingley, three miles down the road from their parents.

James Matthews also co-owns Bucklebury Farm Park, the safari park and petting zoo, which is a firm favourite of George, Charlotte and Louis.

Of course, a new home means a new school. George and Charlotte have now left Thomas’s Battersea Prep School in south-west London, and will be starting at a new local school in Berkshire this September, alongside younger brother Louis.

The smart money is on the co-educational prep Lambrook School in Winkfield Row, which costs upwards of £4,389 per pupil per term.

Having enjoyed a relatively normal upbringing in Norfolk, it’s inevitable that the children will become more visible following the move, and William and Kate have been preparing them for their role in the public eye.

The young Cambridges were front and centre during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including enjoying an official visit to Wales in June, and George attended the tennis at Wimbledon with his mum last month.

Kate’s reaction to Louis when he became restless during the Jubilee celebrations cemented her place in the heart of the nation, proving that she faces the same challenges as any mother.

She gave her youngest a stern talking to after he jumped up and down on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, covered his ears due to the noise from the RAF planes overhead, and pulled funny faces and shook his finger at his mum, before placing his hand over her mouth, at the Jubilee Pageant.

Her common touch provoked a swell of support on social media.

I think Wills and Kate need space to bring up their children. Kensington Palace is a glorious prison for kids – they want to be able to play football without being watched from behind the gates.

Ingrid Seward

Afterwards, she and William gave a special shout-out to the four year old. “Thank you to everyone who turned out to show their gratitude to The Queen and her inspiring 70 years of leadership,” they wrote.

“From the crowds on the Mall to communities hosting street parties up and down the country, we hope you had a weekend to remember. We all had an incredible time, especially Louis…”

Gary says: “Kate has been brilliant in so many ways – as a wife, a mum, a counsel, a partner, an ambassador, a figurehead and a future queen. She never lets anyone down. She shines in every situation, on every stage, and behaves with class. 

“She is already the one we all watch first as a role model. We are all, as a nation, super-proud of her. The royal family is in safe, beautiful and heaven-sent hands. She has got this in both the good times and the bad times.”

In many ways, it is not surprising that Kate is looking increasingly regal, as she has spent exactly half her life in the royal inner circle. She began dating William when she was a 20-year-old student and is now a 40-year-old mother. 

But she has also had the perfect mentor, as the Queen has been quietly guiding her behind the scenes. 

“[Her Majesty] has been very generous in not being forceful at all in any of her views,” Kate revealed in an ITV documentary to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. “But I feel she’s been there, a gentle guidance, really, for me.”  

From the moment she got engaged to William 12 years ago, Kate has been a global fashion phenomenon, sparking a whole industry analysing and copying what she wears.

She has been responsible for websites crashing as fans try to emulate her regal look, she is credited with a £1billion boost to the economy by various economists, and has regularly appeared in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list.

Kate has been brilliant in so many ways – as a wife, a mum, a counsel, a partner, an ambassador, a figurehead and a future queen.

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Alexandra Richmond, a consumer analyst from market research firm Mintel, actually called the £1billion figure “conservative”, adding: “Kate’s look has something to appeal to everyone.” 

The “Kate effect” began the moment that she and William got engaged. A £310 Libélula coat that she wore to the 2011 wedding of friends Sarah Stourton and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher sold out in hours, and had a waiting list of 300. 

More recently, the £1,970 Alessandra Rich white-and-brown polka-dot dress she wore to Royal Ascot in June has become impossible to find – as has the £1,515 azure-blue polka-dot dress Kate wore to the Platinum Jubilee lunch and to Wimbledon.

However, despite being a fashion icon and a working royal, motherhood is the most important job to Kate, and raising her children will be her enduring legacy, shaped by her research into the early years sector.

She believes that experiences in the early years – from the womb to the age of five – are instrumental in shaping our future lives.

In an interview on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast, she revealed that her research is what has made her the mother she is. “It’s the simple things that really make a difference,” she said.

“It’s spending quality time with your children. It’s not whether you’ve done every single drop-off and every single pick-up. 

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“But actually, it’s those quality moments that you spend with your child where you are properly listening to them, properly understanding what they feel and if things are going wrong, really taking time to think: ‘How as a mother am I feeling? Am I actually making the situation worse for my child because this is bringing up all sorts of things I feel, rather than just focusing on them and how they might be reacting or responding to certain situations?’”

As far as we can see, the future generation of royals are in very good hands.

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