Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville
Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on April 25 to distribute Trooper Teddy bears to patients. Shown left to right are: Sgt. Brad Arterburn, Officer Stevie Douglas, Trooper Josh Brashears (standing) and 11-year-old Dale.!
Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on April 25 to help lift the spirits of pediatric patients facing medical therapy.
Led by Lt. Michael Webb, commander of the KSP Public Affairs Branch, the group distributed 90 “Trooper Teddy” bears, which feature a campaign hat like those worn by KSP troopers and officers and a tee shirt bearing the KSP seal.
“The Kentucky State Police would like to show our support for these courageous kids in their time of need,” said Webb. “If we can provide some distraction that helps take their minds off their medical issues, it’s well worth the effort.”
KSP has been distributing the bears since December of 1989 when Kentucky First Lady Martha Wilkinson hosted a gala fundraiser that raised the needed funds to purchase 2,000 Trooper Teddy bears. The concept of the program was for Troopers to provide stuffed animals to help calm children’s fears during traumatic experiences such as car crashes, child or sexual abuse cases or serious illnesses. It also helps develop trust between children and law enforcement officers.
The program ran out of funding in early 2000 until recently when KSP was able to utilize asset forfeiture funds from criminal drug activity to purchase more bears. The bears and funding are in short supply again. The agency plans to sustain the program in the future by offering the bears for sale to the public. Until then, information about donating to the program can be obtained by calling 502-782-1780 or visiting www.kentuckystatepolice.org for more information.
KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders thanks telecommunicator Brittany Wright for her service.
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To support its Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children, the Kentucky State Police is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Winter Edition 4x4, an iconic U.S. brand that shares the same heritage as the vehicle American GIs rode to victory in World War II. Its features include Rhino clear coat exterior paint and black interior, four-door design with black three-piece hard top, air conditioning and heated front seats, a 3.6 L 285 hp engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch black aluminum wheels, remote start and keyless entry, tilt steering column, leather-wrapped steering-wheel with audio controls, all-terrain tires, all-weather slush mats, rear-window wiper/washer and defroster and nine speaker Alpine all-weather premium sound system.
Tickets are $10 each. To purchase a ticket, contact any KSP post or CVE region office located throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 27, 2017 at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees.
Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. Visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org for more information. (Charitable gaming license #0000633.)
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