Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Memorial Highway Dedication for Post 3 area
Troopers Killed in the Line of Duty
(Bowling Green, KY) - A Memorial Highway Dedication ceremony for troopers killed in the line of duty in the Post 3 area was held today in front of the Kentucky State Police Post at 3119 Nashville Rd. Bowling Green, KY. Kentucky State Police along with the families of those troopers killed and other guests were on hand for the unveiling of the signs that will name sections of roads in the post area.
On March 20, 2002 Governor Patton signed Senate Bill 18 which allows the Kentucky State Police Commissioner to request a state road or segment of a state road, to be
named in memory and honor of troopers who have died in the line of duty. Since 1948, 23 troopers have given the supreme sacrifice to insure the safety of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Senator David Karem was the primary sponsor of Senate bill 18, which passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly.
"It is our hope that these signs, as well as the 19 others that will be erected across the Commonwealth, serve as a permanent reminder to all of us of the courage and commitment Kentucky State Troopers face each day," remarked Kentucky State Police Colonel Rodney Brewer.
The locations of the Memorial Highways in the Post 3 area are as follows:
Lt. William C. Smith Memorial Highway (US 31-W mile post 9.000 - 10.567)
Lt. Smith was shot while trying to apprehend a murder suspect in Warren county on November 10, 1972 and died April 26, 1973.
Trooper Walter O. Thurtell Memorial Highway (US 431 mile post 1.485 - 14.887)
Trooper Thurtell was killed in an automobile accident while en route to answer a call for assistance in Logan County on September 29, 1972.
Detective Darrell V. Phelps Memorial Highway (Ky. 1153 mile post 7.980 - 15.166)
Det. Phelps was killed as a result of gunshot wound sustained when he and another officer were fired upon while they investigated a field of cultivated marijuana in a remote location of Butler County on August 7, 1981
Trooper William H. Barrett Memorial Highway (US 68-80 mile post 0.000 - 5.586)
Trooper Barrett was killed by a gunshot from ambush as he exited his cruiser in Warren County on December 19, 1971.