The last call sounded Saturday for Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Leonard. Hundreds gathered in Pike County as he was laid to rest. Trooper Leonard died in a car accident Tuesday on U.S. 119 in Sidney.
Since his death, Trooper Jonathan Leonard's brothers in gray never left his side.
Trooper Jonathan Kyle Leonard died December 19th at the age of 28.
"We owe Jonathan much and we need more like him," said KSP Commissioner Jack Adams.
The Commonwealth flag cloaked his coffin and troopers from across the state surrounded his family. Between the gray lines was an array of uniformed officers from across the nation, some as far away as Washington state, making a final salute to a man who performed the most unselfish public service.
The family of Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the KSP Post 9 "Shop With A Trooper" program, or to Trooper Island Camp, INC. The "Shop With A Trooper" program matches children with state troopers who help them select and buy Christmas gifts. Trooper Island Camp, a non-profit organization, is a KSP summer camp where under-privileged children may spend a week of recreation at no cost to the child or their family. Checks should be written and mailed as follows:
For Shop With A Trooper, make checks payable to KSPPA District 9 Shop With A Trooper and send to:
Kentucky State Police Post 9
C/O Vickie Charles
P.O. Box 2528
Pikeville, KY. 41502.
For Trooper Island Camp, make checks payable to Trooper Island INC. and send to:
Kentucky State Police Media Relations
919 Versailles Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601