Frankfort, KY- Kentucky State Police is trying to raise funds for a fallen trooper memorial it plans to add to a new training facility.
There’s an existing memorial in front of the KSP headquarters in Frankfort, but a different one is planned for the new training facility, which is expected to be complete by late Spring/early Summer of 2015.
A newly-released video highlights the beauty of the Grand Canyon and also shows what Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Lt. Col. Jack Miniard are doing in August- hiking the Grand Canyon in memory of fallen troopers.
“The path we're taking, we're going from the North Rim to the South Rim,” said Lt. Col. Jack Miniard, with Kentucky State Police. “It's going to be in excess of 25 miles."
They both say the hike is more than just a physical display of strength and mental fortitude.
"We decided when we locked this date in that we wanted to hike for a cause, for a purpose, and we couldn't think of any higher purpose than to hike for all our fallen heroes- all troops and officers who've given their lives in the line of duty," said Commissioner Rodney Brewer, with KSP.
KSP hopes an active audience on social media will help them drum up donations.
The hiking trip will be funded by the troopers themselves and any donations made will go to "The Trooper Project" and the construction of the bronze statue.