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KSP: Troopers and officers honored for heroic acts of service
From Capt. Paul Blanton
Lexington, KY - On September 8, 2022,, Kentucky State Police (KSP) held its annual sworn awards ceremony in Lexington to honor 75 troopers and officers who put on a uniform each day to patrol Kentucky's neighborhoods with a mission of serving and protecting their fellow citizens. The achievement awards presented were for acts of bravery and service that occurred in 2021.
Five troopers from Post 15 in Columbia were among those honored:
"The past year has challenged us in many ways with the Western Kentucky tornadoes and Eastern Kentucky flooding," Gov. Andy Beshear said. "Through it all, our heroes in uniform have shown up to answer the call for help, no matter the request. Thank you to our troopers and officers for their steadfast service, loyalty, bravery and commitment to creating safer communities. The commonwealth owes all of you a huge debt of gratitude."
On behalf of the Beshear-Coleman administration, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey attended the ceremony to thank award recipients for their valiant service to the commonwealth and protection of all Kentuckians.
"For every moment of harm prevented, assurance given, and guidance offered to our citizens, thank you. It is because of every member of KSP that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is better and safer for our kids, families and future generations," said Secretary Harvey.
During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. recognized the agency's troopers and officers for going beyond the mission of KSP in 2021 to protect and serve the citizens of the commonwealth by responding to the western Kentucky tornadoes, running into unthinkable dangers, assisting with the continued fight against the deadly drug epidemic and answering thousands of calls for service.
"Your dedication and commitment to service is unmatched," said Commissioner Burnett. "Each of you put your lives on the line every day. The heroism you have put forth is why you are the best of the best and our agency is indebted to you."
KSP's focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves.
Post/Branch Detective of the Year:
Detective of the Year: Kyler Wright - Post 8 Morehead
Post/Brach Trooper of the Year:
Trooper of the Year: Elliot Young - Post 4 Elizabethtown
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement:
KSP Lifesaving Medal:
Citation for Bravery:
Citation for Meritorious Service:
*Multiple units are not listed due to undercover status.
This story was posted on 2022-09-09 12:45:17
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