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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:
  • Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan was named 2021 Post 15 Trooper of the Year. Trooper Sullivan also received the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service. Trooper Sullivan is a 4-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 15 Columbia.
  • Detective Nicholas Davis was named 2021 Post 15 Detective of the Year. Detective Davis is a 12-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 15 Columbia.
  • Trooper Austin Mattingly received the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service. Trooper Mattingly is a 1-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 15 Columbia.
  • Senior Trooper Brandon Roark received the KSP Citation for Bravery. Trooper Roark is a 5-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 15 Columbia.
  • Sergeant Jason Morris received the KSP Lifesaving Medal. Sergeant Morris is a 16-year veteran of KSP assigned to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement West.
Post 15 Commander Captain Bradley Stotts said he is proud of the commitment and efforts of these Troopers and Officers.

"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:
  • Post 1: Nathan Moore
  • Post 2: Jacob Fortney
  • Post 3: Shae Foley
  • Post 4: Anthony Hardin
  • Post 5: Jonathan Callis
  • Post 6: Jeffrey Gaby
  • Post 7: Charles Bowling
  • Post 8: Kyler Wright
  • Post 9: Kennith Hamilton
  • Post 10: Jacob Middleton
  • Post 11: James Royal
  • Post 12: Justin Hunter
  • Post 13: Scott Caudill
  • Post 14: Samuel Lawson
  • Post 15: Nicholas Davis
  • Vehicle Investigations: Stephen Spurlock
  • DESI East: Zachary Bryson
  • DESI West: Curt Donahoo
  • Electronic Crime Branch: John Sims

Detective of the Year: Kyler Wright - Post 8 Morehead

Post/Brach Trooper of the Year:
  • Post 1: Cody Jackson
  • Post 2: Justin Cornett
  • Post 3: Brent Davis
  • Post 4: Elliott Young
  • Post 5: Endre Samu
  • Post 6: Zachary Lusk
  • Post 7: John O'Dea
  • Post 8: Joseph Semtak
  • Post 9: Mark Spencer
  • Post 10: Jonathan Ledford
  • Post 11: James Creekmore
  • Post 12: Brandon Boggs
  • Post 13: Chadd Daniels
  • Post 14: Tyler Daniels
  • Post 15: Weston Sullivan
  • Post 16: Joseph Richling
  • Special Operations: Ethan Whitlock
  • Academy Branch: Charles Wagner
  • DESI East: Jonathan Rouse
  • CIRT: Jack Hedges

Trooper of the Year: Elliot Young - Post 4 Elizabethtown

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement:
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement East: Tony Brashear
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Central: Logan Lynch
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement West: Michael Moritz
  • Vehicle Investigations: Roy Murley
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Jason Cammack Officer of the Year: Logan Lynch
  • Facilities Security Officer of the Year: Wayne Burke Jr.
  • Public Affairs Officer of the Year: Daniel Priddy, Post 3 Bowling Green

KSP Lifesaving Medal:
  • Grant Penrod - Post 2 Madisonville
  • John O'Dea - Post 7 Richmond
  • Jordan Grevious - Post 7 Richmond
  • Rodney Sturgill - Post 10 Harlan
  • Brandon Burton - Post 10 Harlan
  • Brandon Boggs - Post 12
  • Nathan Jenkin - Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations Unit West
  • Jason Morris: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement West
  • Timothy Adams - Post 3 Bowling Green
  • Matthew Wise - Special Operations Branch
  • Nathan Day - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • Eric Browning - Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations Unit West

Citation for Bravery:
  • Garret Clark - Post 1 Mayfield
  • Nathan Moore - Post 1 Mayfield
  • Tye Chavies - Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations Unit East
  • Tyler Morris - Post 7 Richmond
  • Scott Townsley - Post 7 Richmond
  • Carl Roark - Post 15 Columbia
  • Toney Allen - Post 7 Richmond
  • Aaron Peace - Post 11 London
  • Joshua Neace - Post 13 Hazard
  • Chadd Daniels - Post 15 Columbia
  • Toby Coyle - Post 7 Richmond
  • Leo Slone - Post 13 Hazard
  • Branden Watts - Post 13 Hazard

Citation for Meritorious Service:
  • Tyler Bloodworth - Post 1 Mayfield
  • Weston Sullivan - Post 15 Columbia
  • Austin Mattingly - Post 15 Columbia
  • Todd Coleman - Special Response Team
  • Jason Denny - Special Response Team
  • Jason Ritter - Special Response Team
  • Zach Bryant - Jackson County Sherriff's Department

*Multiple units are not listed due to undercover status.

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Local troopers honored at KSP ceremony

2022-09-09 - Lexington, KY - Photo courtesy Kentucky State Police.
Five Troopers and Officers from the KSP Post 15 area were included in those honors, including, from L-R: Det. Nicolas Davis; Tpr. Weston Sullivan; Sgt. Jason Morris; Tpr. Austin Mattingly.

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