ONEIDA, Ky. (WYMT)- Deep in the hills of Clay County lies Trooper Elmer Mobley, Jr.
This month marks 49 years since the accident that killed Mobley and another Kentucky State Police trooper while responding to a call.
Mobley was just 33 years old and had served with KSP for 4 ½ years.
“It’s gut-wrenching anytime you have any type of death, it’s terrible obviously,” Kentucky State Police Captain PJ Burnett said.
Troopers from the London State Police Post traveled to the Oneida community Tuesday to honor Mobley by laying a wreath at his grave and by giving him a salute. It’s all a part of National Peace Officer’s Memorial Week.
“It’s important to honor those who gave the supreme sacrifice, who gave their lives in service of others. We take great pride in coming out to honor those officers,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Don Trosper said.
Ceremonies like this one remind law enforcement officers just how important their jobs really are and that they put their lives on the line every day.
“It really brings home to us the fact that what we do is a dangerous job and that we might not get to go home to see our families at the end of the day,” Trosper added.
An act that law enforcement officers don’t mind doing when it comes to serving the communities they protect.
National Peace Officer’s Memorial Week continues through May 18th.