It's a parents worst nightmare.
Warren County Coroner, Dewayne Lawrence, says: "You can't even imagine the hurt. To be saying goodbye to one child, but having to say goodbye to two."
That nightmare came true when both of Warren County Deputy Andy McDowell's sons died in car accidents early Wednesday morning.
Warren County Sheriff's Deputy, Freddie Brown, says: "Andy's children were his pride and joy. We've gone fishing together. He loved them very much. And it's almost like everything was just taken away in one act."
The first accident happened on Plum Springs Road around 1:25 a.m., when 23-year-old Rory exited the shoulder of the road skidded across the road and hit a tree. Twenty minutes later, just five miles away, his younger brother, Cory, died when his car hit this tree and caught on fire on Mt. Olivet Road.
Now friends of the family say they will do their best to help them through this agonizing loss.
Brown says: "His pain is our pain and his loss is our loss."
Lawrence says: "I don't think any of us have any idea of what this family is going through."
A fund has been established to help the family with funeral expenses.
You can contribute to the Rory and Cory McDowell fund at both branches of the Bank of Edmonson County.