Former Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett dies at 81

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – People in Bell County are mourning the loss of a former county sheriff.

Bruce Bennett died at his home Saturday of natural causes at the age of 81, according to WRIL Radio.

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He took over as sheriff in 2003 and served three terms, or about 12 years.

People who knew him said he was a father figure to all and worked to make Bell County a safer place for the youth.

Bell County Sheriff’s Department says he worked tirelessly and was a genuine, caring man.