KSP honor troopers killed in the line of duty

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police honored two troopers who died in the line of duty during a memorial service Friday morning.

Trooper William Tevis and Trooper Clinton Cunningham were both remembered during memorial services at their graves.

Trooper Tevis was 31-years-old when he was shot and killed in 1963, while assisting another trooper with the arrest of a suspected drunk driver.

Trooper Cunningham was just 29-years-old when he was ambushed in 1979. He was shot in the back while investigating a false report of a break-in at a store in Frankfort.

Both troopers had served with the Kentucky State Police for a few years and gave the ultimate sacrifice. The two are honored each year during National Police Officers Memorial Week. It serves as a tribute that they'll never be forgotten.

"Law enforcement, in general, is a very dangerous job," says Trooper Robert Purdy, KSP Public Affairs Officer. "Those that have been tragically killed were taken from us [when they were] far too young. So, every year we do want to honor them and remember the sacrifice they made on our behalf."

Both of the troopers honored Friday also have highways in Kentucky named after them.

They join 23 other Kentucky State Troopers, and one CVE officer, who lost their lives in the line of duty and were honored around the state this week.


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