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Hero Down: Shively Police Sergeant Eric Edbrooke Succumbs To Pancreatic Cancer

Shively, KY – Shively Police Department (SPD) Sergeant Eric Edbrooke died on April 15 after a battle against pancreatic cancer, according to his department.

The 50-year-old sergeant was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in June of 2021, the SPD said in a Facebook post later in the day.

“Through several rounds of chemo treatment and visits with doctors, Sgt. Edbrooke did everything he could to overcome his diagnosis,” the police department said. “Although this was extremely difficult for him and his family, Eric always stayed positive and upbeat about his condition.”

The SPD said is “deeply saddened” by the loss of the longtime officer, but that they also “find comfort in him no longer having to suffer.”

“Sgt. Edbrooke, you will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace brother,” the agency’s post read.

The U.S. Army veteran served the SPD for more than 19 years, according to his obituary.

Sgt. Edbrooke leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Melanie, as well as his children, Jeri, Sara, Riley, Avery, and Garen.

He is also survived by his parents and three sisters.

Dozens of people offered their condolences in response to the SPD’s announcement.

“This man was truly a character. So sad to hear about this,” one person wrote.

“Eric’s spirit will always be alive in Shively! Man the world lost one hell of a man,” another post read.

“I’ll never forget him. He was one of the good ones,” one message read. “Working Shively won’t be the same.”

Sgt. Edbrooke will be laid to rest on April 20.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Shively Police Department Sergeant Eric Edbrooke, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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