Deceased State Trooper honored in hometown

By Marcus Conroy | 

A Kentucky state trooper killed while on duty is honored in his hometown.

28 year-old Jonathan Leonard died in a car accident on December 19, 2006 on US 119 near the Pike County community of Sidney, where Leonard grew up.

On Saturday, dozens of friends and family packed the gym at Bevins Elementary School in Sidney. Leonard attended the school from kindergarten through eighth grade. When Leonard left for the academy to become a state trooper, his mother Karen Leonard says he really wanted to come back home to patrol the roads he grew up on.

"He always wanted to come back home. He never wanted to go anywhere else. At the time, he was afraid he wouldn't be able to. He loved home," Karen Leonard said.

"You always love when someone graduates and comes back home to where they lived," Trooper Jimmy Noble said.

Leonard spent three years as a state trooper before a car accident claimed his life while on duty.

Almost four years later, 13 miles of Kentucky 468, the same road he traveled everyday, will now have his name on it. One sign will be placed in Sidney, and the other will be at the Martin-Pike County line.

"It's bittersweet, I'm glad they thought enough to honor him, it's bittersweet," Karen Leonard said.

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