Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Honors Officers

FRANKFORT, KY. – In the four years he's been an officer with the Department of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Anthony Bersaglia has built a reputation among his colleagues for his determination and dedication to the job.

A former deputy sheriff and conservation officer, he generates an activity level that, according to his commanders, no one else can reach, was selected to be a firearms instructor within his first year with the department, and is a double recipient of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Award for Officer, which recognizes an officer for his or her dedication to commercial vehicle safety.

“He is known as a man who sincerely reaches out to help those in need and help protect those who have entrusted their safety with him,” said Capt. Phillip Frazier, who coordinated the awards program. “He makes himself available to other officers and citizens, even when he is not on duty.”

In honor of those achievements, KVE presented Bersaglia the 2007 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year Award, bestowing on him KVE's highest award, which recognizes “what a police officer should represent in his professional and personal life.”

The award is named in honor of Jason Cammack, the first and still only KVE officer killed in the line of duty, in 2000. Bersaglia's award was presented by Hayden Cammack, Jason Cammack's 9-year-old son.

“Anthony is a man of integrity and honor,” said Commissioner Greg Howard. “This is a fitting tribute to an officer who has brought so much respect to the position, and to the department.”

Also during the ceremony, held today at the Kentucky History Museum in Frankfort, KVE presented awards for outstanding service by officers, civilian employees and citizens.

One such award was the Life Saving Medal Award, received by Major Phillip Frazier.

Driving into work early one morning last June, Frazier noticed smoke around the roof of an apartment building in Clay City, and quickly discovered the building was ablaze. At 6:30 a.m., Frazier knew many residents would still be asleep, so he turned into the lot and sounded his siren, then began to beat on doors to awaken and direct citizens out of the building. His actions were responsible for helping more than 20 individuals vacate the building before it was completely consumed by fire.

“This is what we as police officers value most: saving lives,” Commissioner Howard said. “You don't get many examples of saving lives that are more clear cut than that.”

Other awards presented include:

Meritorious Service Award (presented to employees who have completed an act of meritorious achievement): Terry ‘Doug’ Stacy of Winchester and Charles Tinsley of Berea.

DUI Award (presented to the officer who has achieved the most DUI citations or arrests): Officer Landry Collett of Hoskinston.

Inspector of the Year (presented to the employee with the most citations of commercial motor vehicles): Inspector William Williams of Mt. Sterling;

Drug Enforcement Award (presented to the officer or inspector who has performed the most outstanding amount of work in drug enforcement):

(Special Operations): Officer Stephen Burke of Bowling Green and Officer Randall Honeycutt of Albany;

(Field Operations): Officer Kelly Anderson of Bowling Green;

Civilian of the Year (presented to the civilian employee who has demonstrated outstanding service to KVE): Amy Dempsey of Frankfort;

Outstanding Citizen Award (presented to a citizen who voluntarily assists a KVE officer or inspector): Harold Wiggins of Vine Grove.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Award/ Officer: Officer Anthony Bersaglia; and

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Award/ Inspector: Inspector William Williams.


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  • by Bucky Location: Kentucky on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    KVE is now an accredited agency with top knotch training. Enforcing the law does make some people mad and goes along with the territory. Do it professionally and with respect and you will prosper.
  • by In the know Location: KY on Jun 21, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    The guys in the blue uniforms are civilian inspectors and not officers. Every post in the state have them to work the scales. Thats why they don't carry guns or have arrest powers.
  • by Trucker Location: Pike County on Jun 17, 2008 at 12:52 AM
    Maybe when the scales get built that will make him wear the blue uniform without a gun like the officers in London scales.What a Joke!
  • by KVE Police on Jun 9, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Mr. "coal truck driver" from Whitesburg: Thank you for your expression of approval concerning this officer. But if I could, I'd like to explain something that may clear a little bit up. KVE does (mainly) 3 levels of inspections. A level 1 is when they inspect the "whole" truck (under, over, in, & around) and the paper work. A level 2 is a walk-around inspection of the truck, and the paper work. A level 3 is paper work only, and should probably be done from the police cruiser. So an officer that does an inspection report from the car is not necessarily wrong, he/she is just doing a level 3 inspection. Again, thank you for your input and flattering remark on this officer. He should be proud to read these types of remarks. Drive safe and keep the coal coming.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    It's the goal of every KVE officer to keep the undertakers off of the highways. We need them, but let them get their business from nursing homes where people die of old-age. Keep it up KVE, our roads would be death traps without you.
  • by Nobody Special, really on Jun 6, 2008 at 04:38 AM
    Well, I don't think he'd “write his mother a ticket“, but I catch your drift. We at KVE are proud of our officers. These mentioned are the ones that stood out among the rest in 2007. They are without a doubt the hardest working law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth. They give much of their selves every day they dawn their uniforms. If the general public could follow them around for about one work week, they would be very surprised at what they learn of these “laborers of the law”. Though KVE stands for Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, it really ought to stand for “Kentucky’s Very Elite”. Thank you for your comment “Jon”. May God bless the KVE.
  • by jon Location: p on Jun 4, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    I know this KVE officer, he would probably write his mother a ticket, which may not be a bad thing. I hope he keeps up the hard work, and stays safe on the job that most people think is a waste of time.So just sit around and think what this place would be like without officers like him.
  • by Recovering Attitude on Jun 4, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of these recipients and fellow officers for all of the hard work they've carried out. Congratulations to all of you. Keep up the “dedicated” and “hard” work.
  • by coal truck driver Location: whitesburg,ky on Jun 4, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    i think mr bersaglia earned this award by hard work unlike some of his fellow officers who pull you over and give you a saftey check from the seat of there cars.HE actually would inspect your truck.he has pulled me over four times in the last three years and has always been fair to me. we need more like him....
  • by KVE *** Location: post * on Jun 3, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    Let’s keep this one positive. KVE is starting a new chapter. I am proud to wear my uniform again. Everyone needs to join the Union and help us negotiate a fair contract. Don’t sit back and wait for others do the legwork. Stand up for yourself and stand up for your brothers and sisters in our agency. Let the public know that we are experts on CMV traffic and regulations. Be proud of your training and authority to shut down unsafe trucks and drivers. Deal with any unsafe traffic you interact with, be it cars or trucks. We were created to work on the highway regulating CMV traffic. We fought hard to get authority to stop cars. We have the potential to be one of the best agencies in the state. Unlimited jurisdiction, self initiated activity, state of the art equipment and training, and Top notch officers, inspectors, clerks and staff that are professionals dedicated to protecting the citizens and traveling public on KY highways. Now is the time to take action. BE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE!

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