Fallen KSP Trooper honored in Hardin County
Fallen Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder was honored during halftime at the North Hardin Men’s Basketball Game Tuesday night.
"We are here to honor trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder for the service that he had to our commonwealth and also to our country. He was attached to a Seal team before he became a trooper so all his life, all his professional life, he served the country,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory said.
Trooper Ponder was shot and killed following a traffic stop in September in Western Kentucky. On Tuesday, a $2500 check was presented to his family and the money will that will go into a memorial fund his family set up in his honor.
"Well it means the world to us. It's keeping the memory of Cameron alive,” Joe Ponder said. Ponder is Cameron Ponder’s father.
Trooper Ponder's family chose to have the ceremony held at North Hardin High School because this was his alma mater.
"Cameron grew up here in Hardin County and he loved his friends and his school and it means everything to us to be here,” Joe Ponder said, “It was 2002 when he graduated but hopefully he can aspire other young people in the community to strive to be the type of man that he was.”
The type of man, his father said, who encouraged everyone around him to live by three short words.
"Never give up. Cameron preached more so in the way he lived than the words themselves and that's what he inspired people around him to do, to never give up," Joe Ponder said.
A company called Telmate, Inc. donated the money to the “Cameron Ponder Memorial Fund.” Telmate, Inc. donates $5,000 each month to families of fallen heroes across the nation.