FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Today, Kentucky State Police’s ceremonies were a chance to pay respect to troopers and officers who died while serving the state.
Wreaths were placed at two graves in Frankfort, another at the flag pole at post 12 for a trooper whose body was never found.
“We want to remember their sacrifice they gave for the commonwealth. They gave all,” KSP trooper Bernie Napier said.
Trooper James McNeely and Water Patrol Officer David Childs died in 1972 while searching for two teens reported missing on the Kentucky River. Childs’s body was later recovered in Indiana. McNeely’s was never found.
The third wreath placed today was for Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Cammack, who died in a crash in 2000.
“He was well loved and thought of,” KSP Sgt. Jason Morris said of Cammack. “He was a very funny and comical individual.”
Today these troopers and officers stood in the rain, not only to honor those who died, but also those who still live. They say these ceremonies are also about honoring those families.
“They are just that. They are a part of this family now,” said Morris.
Next week troopers will meet in Lawrenceburg to lay wreaths at the graves of three troopers buried there, including Eric Crisman who died in 2015.
President John F. Kennedy established National Police Week in 1962.