Independence Co. Sheriff's Office mourning loss of chief deputy

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Independence County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of their own.

According to a post on the sheriff's office Facebook page, Chief Deputy Jeff Sims passed away Saturday.

"Our hearts are broken and our department will never be the same," the post stated. "102 rest easy, sir. We'll take it from here."

Sims graduated from the Police Academy in 1998. He worked more than 20 years with the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

The funeral for Sims will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at UACCB Independence Hall in Batesville, 2005 White Drive.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the same location as the funeral.

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