BROOKSVILLE | Community leaders, and citizens were saddened Monday to learn of the death of a local sheriff's deputy.
On Sunday night, Bracken County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Baker was found dead at his home in Dover, officials said.
Baker had been on a medical leave of absence since May, said Sheriff Howard Niemeier.
“This is going to be a great loss to Bracken County and the Sheriff's Office,” Niemeier said Monday.
There was no evidence of foul play and Baker's death appeared to be related to his illness, Niemeier said.
The Mason County Sheriff's Office is handing the investigation as a routine courtesy, Niemeier said.
In 2004, Baker graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Center on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Baker came to work for the Bracken County Sheriff's Office in December 2008, from the Augusta Police Department.
"This is a tragic loss. He will definitely be missed," said Augusta Mayor John Laycock. " He was a valued officer when he worked at Augusta, who cared about the people."
His previous career was with the Internal Revenue Service in Cincinnati.
Shortly before 7 p.m., Sunday, Baker was reported unresponsive by a caller to Mason County 911 Dispatch; first responders at the scene requested the Mason County Coroner a short time later.
“We are waiting on an autopsy, but no foul play is suspected,” said Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs.
According to Boggs, Baker appeared to have been deceased more than a day before he was found, “but the autopsy will tell us more when it comes in.”
Baker is the son of the late Wanda and Buddy Baker; he graduated from Holmes High School and leaves behind four children and five grandchildren.
Memorial service for Baker is at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Moore and Parker Funeral Home in Brooksville.