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KSP Honors Fallen Troopers, CVE Officers, Highway Patrolmen

Ceremony held Monday, May 21, 2018, in Frankfort
Click on headline for complete story with list of all fallen in the line of duty KSP Patrolmen, troopers, and CVE officers, arranged in chronological order and photo at ceremony

By Sgt Joshua Lawson, ky.gov

FRANKFORT, KY - (Tue 22 May 2018) - Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders recognized fallen KSP troopers, officers and highway patrolmen at a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony held on May 21 at the KSP Training Academy in Frankfort.

"These officers gave everything so that our families and communities could grow, prosper and live free from fear," said Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley. "We owe them, and their loved ones, a tremendous debt. And we must show our gratitude, not just in our words, but with how we live our lives, every day."


"For those survivors here today, there's no ceremony, there's no speech, there's nothing that we can do to make it better," said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders to family members of the fallen gathered for the service. "But the one thing we want you to know is you don't grieve alone. We grieve with you, we pray for you and we will be by your side from now on.

"The Thin Gray Line is a remarkable family," Sanders explained. "When we say we will never forget, we mean we will never forget. Your family members served and sacrificed for a purpose far greater than themselves. For that we thank them and we thank you for the sacrifice that you have made and we want you to know we're by your side every day."

Sanders also unveiled a plaque bearing the names of six Kentucky Highway Patrol officers who died in the line of duty. The highway patrol was the predecessor to KSP prior to 1948. The plaque will be permanently installed in the cadet barracks at the KSP Academy in Frankfort. The officers honored on the plaque include:

  • Patrolman James Hays: December 21, 1935
  • Patrolman Robert Rowland: December 22, 1935
  • Capt. Vernon Snell: February 20, 1937
  • Patrolman Mose Littrell: March 14, 1938
  • Patrolman Houston Greene: May 18, 1944
  • Patrolman Vadas Richardson: October 7, 1944
Twenty-nine Kentucky State Police troopers, one Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer, one KSP Water Patrol officer have died in the line of duty since the agency was established in 1948. They include:
  • Trooper Harold J. Toll: November 14, 1948
  • Trooper Robert R. Miller: February 14, 1951
  • Trooper Lee T. Huffman: May 19, 1953
  • Trooper Herbert C. Bush: October 11, 1958
  • Trooper William E. Tevis: May 26, 1963
  • Trooper Elmer Mobley Jr.: May 28, 1964
  • Trooper Cecil W. Uzzle: May 28, 1964
  • Trooper Delano G. Powell: July 8, 1965
  • Trooper Mack E. Brady: November 9, 1966
  • Trooper William Barrett: December 19, 1971
  • Trooper James McNeely: April 8, 1972
  • KSP Water Patrol Officer David Childs, April, 8, 1972
  • Trooper Walter O. Thurtell: September 29, 1972
  • Trooper Joe Ward Jr.: April 23, 1973
  • Lieutenant William C. Smith: April 26, 1973
  • Trooper John Hutchinson: June 4, 1975
  • Trooper Bobby McCoun: September 1, 1975
  • Trooper William Pickard: January 21, 1976
  • Lieutenant Willis Martin: April 26, 1977
  • Trooper Clinton Cunningham: February 11, 1979
  • Trooper Edward Harris: November 7, 1979
  • Trooper Jerome S. Clifton: October 1, 1980
  • Detective Darrell V. Phelps: August 7, 1981
  • Trooper Johnny M. Edrington: December 21, 1988
  • Trooper Johnny G. Adkins: November 24, 1995
  • CVE Officer Jason Cammack: April 23, 2000
  • Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard: December 19, 2006
  • Trooper Anson B. Tribby: January 22, 2013
  • Trooper Eric K. Chrisman: June 23, 2015
  • Sgt. David Gibbs: August 7, 2015
  • Trooper Joseph C. Ponder: September 13, 2015
Scroll down for photo of Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders and KSP Honor Guard Trooper Brent Sparks of Post 8 in Morehead laying a wreath at an indoor ceremony on the campus of the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort in remembrance of the 31 troopers and officers of the Kentucky State Police and six Kentucky Highway Patrolmen who died in the line of duty.


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Kentucky State Police honor fallen troopers - 21 May 2018



2018-05-23 - Kentucky State Police Training Academy, 380 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY - Photo ky.gov photo submitted by Sgt. Joshua Lawson, KSP.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders and KSP Honor Guard Trooper Brent Sparks of Post 8 in Morehead laid a wreath at an indoor ceremony on the campus of the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort in remembrance of the 31 troopers and officers of the Kentucky State Police and six Kentucky Highway Patrolmen who died in the line of duty. Photo Mon 21 May 2018 courtesy ky.gov submitted by Sgt. Joshua Lawson.

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