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Oldham Co. Police to honor fellow officer who died of heart attack

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sign outside the Oldham County Police Department immediately lets you know that officers are dealing with a major loss.

A black band covers the Oldham County sign.

It’s been two days since Officer David Howley suffered a heart attack after returning home from work.

His passing is now being considered a line of duty death.

“I've known David for many year and he's touched an awful lot of lives along the way. He's affected a lot of people and a lot of people will miss him,” said Eric Johnson, executive director of Supporting Heroes.

Eric Johnson says because of the frequency of heart attacks, especially with firefighters, a law was passed in 2003 called the Hometown Heroes Act.

If a heart attack occurs within 24 hours of being on duty then the death is ruled a line of duty death.

That wasn't always the case.

"You look at the circumstances and think, that really was a line of duty death. I mean that caused what he just did a little earlier, certainly had some impact on the heart attack, but yet it wasn't good enough to really meet the standard of proof required for the federal benefits,” said Eric Johnson.

Johnson says earlier in the day on Wednesday, Howley made an emergency response call and said he didn't feel well.

He has 20 years of experience in law enforcement and not only served with Oldham County Police, but also with LaGrange Police Department, and LMPD.

At 51 years old, he left behind a wife and daughter.

Now, the organization Supporting Heroes is stepping in to help with the financial stress until state or federal benefits come in.

"Our mission is to take care of families of people who give their lives in the line of duty. When a person falls serving the community, we believe the families should be taken care of,” Johnson said.

Howley was also a candidate for Oldham County Judge-Executive

Visitation will be held Sunday at Southeast Christian Church in Crestwood from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

His funeral is scheduled for Monday at 1:00 p.m., following visitation earlier in the day from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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