Monroe County is missing a key law enforcement figure after Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden passed away on Sunday.

According to the Madisonville Mayor Glenn Moser, Breeden had been fighting health concerns for a long time.

“It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of our friend Gregg Breeden,” said Moser. “Gregg always placed the needs of the city above his own and he served the city in comparable manner.”

He stated that Breeden was very knowledgeable about the law and he strived to enforce those laws in an impartial manner.

“The kids in Madisonville held a very special place in Gregg’s heart,” stated Moser.

“Gregg and Bill Bivins headed up the Toys for Tots drive for 20-plus years and numerous children have had a gift under their Christmas tree because of Gregg’s generosity and compassion.”

Breeden was also instrumental in starting the kids’ fishing rodeo held each year.

“We have lost someone today that truly knew the meaning of being a public servant,” Moser expressed. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Breeden was born and raised in Sweetwater and began his law enforcement career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a dispatcher at first in 1989 and then headed out on the road as a deputy in November of 1989 before graduating from the Donelson Police Academy in 1990.

Breeden joined the Madisonville Police Department as a sergeant in 1996, working his way up the ranks to make captain later that year and then was named chief of the department on Sept. 11, 2001.

Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram also delivered his thoughts on Breeden’s death.

“Chief Breeden’s passing will be felt for a long time to come in our community. Gregg not only had a huge giving heart but a heart of gold,” said Ingram. “I especially witnessed this firsthand with the Toys for Tots program year after year. He loved children and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this painful time.”

Breeden’s full obituary can be seen on Page A3.

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