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Greenup County, Kentucky, deputy remembered for kindness, being approachable

The Greenup County Sheriff's Office says Deputy John Hensley lost his battle with cancer Sunday night. (Courtesy of Greenup County Sheriff's Department)

The Greenup County, Kentucky, Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Longtime Deputy John Hensley died Sunday night after a long battle with cancer. Hensley had been with the department for more than 20 years.

"He was plainspoken," said Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper, remembering Hensley's rapport with the public.

Sunday night Hensley lost his battle with cancer. Cooper said although expected, the loss is still felt in the department and community.

"That really doesn't make it easier. Makes it different. He's not just an employee here. We're all friends," Cooper said.

Hensley's last assignment was school resource officer at Greenup County High School. He held that position for two years until he retired from the sheriff's department a month ago

"I went to his office every morning just to say hey to him and he would make fun of me because I eat chips with a fork," said Kirsten LeMaster, a sophomore at Greenup County High School.

It's those relationships he developed with students that will be his lasting legacy at the school.

"It's the best feeling you can get that you have somebody who will take care of a problem," said Kenneth Meadows, a sophomore at Greenup County High School.

In this age of school violence, having a school resource officer who was approachable for students is a valuable tool.

"I felt like I could talk to him if I had an issue. It made me feel good as a student. I felt protected," said Ben Kincer, a junior at Greenup County High School. "If we didn't have someone easy to talk to, it would be hard for students who are being bullied to go to," said Heather Locklear, a junior at Greenup County High School

Funeral services for John Hensley will be 11 am Thursday at Wright's Funeral Home in Greenup, Ky.

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