LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Kentucky State Trooper who died in the line of duty three years ago was honored today. Kentucky State Trooper Cameron Ponder’s family helped to present a donation for every trooper and commercial vehicle officers in the state.
Ponder’s mother called today’s event a bright light on what is usually a very dark day. Thursday marked three years since her son was shot and killed during a traffic stop, when he was trying to help the people he pulled over.
“I will never allow him to be forgotten,” Ponder’s mother Brenda Tiffany said.
Each year Tiffany has put together some token for the KSP’s graduating class. But when she recently inquired about purchasing tourniquets for this year’s 44 graduates, the Spirit of the Blue Foundation and other groups pitched in, providing 1,000 of the kits to the officers. The kits are now a part of the KSP uniform, each officer required to wear them on their duty belts.
“They will think of Cameron when they are out in the field and they pull out the [tourniquet], and they will know they've got an angel with them,” Tiffany said.
The Spirit of Blue foundation has provided the kit to more than 80 different agencies in recent years. It’s a tool that has been credited with saving five lives already throughout the nation.
This grant is the largest the Spirit of the Blue Foundation has ever awarded to an agency.