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Oldham County police officer's death classified as "line of duty"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sudden death of an Oldham County police officer and Judge-Executive candidate has been classified as a death "in the line of duty."

A family friend confirms that 51-year-old Oldham County Police Officer David Howley died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He had been in law enforcement for many years, previously working in Louisville.

Oldham County Police representatives confirm that he died of natural causes.

Howley was running as a Republican candidate for judge executive in Oldham County. His campaign website says he served Oldham County for 25 years as a firefighter, EMT and police officer.

The family friend says he was not on duty when he died, but the organization Supporting Heroes says his death is classified as "line of duty" pursuant to the provisions of the Hometown Heroes Act.

In general, if a person suffers a heart attack or stroke (that later proves fatal) 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. Supporting Heroes says that Officer Howley engaged in such duty several hours before his death.

Officer Howley's funeral and visitation will both be held at Southeast Christian Church in Crestwood, Kentucky.

His visitation will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, as well as 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

His funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

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