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Kentucky State Police Announce Trooper of the Year Award And Other Honors

Bob Winters getting his new patrol car from Com. Miller (FRANKFORT, Ky.)--- Lt. Gov. and Justice Cabinet Secretary Stephen B. Pence joined Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller in naming Dawson Springs resident Bob Winters "Trooper of the Year" at a special ceremony held today at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. Thirty-four other troopers and eight private citizens were also recognized for acts of meritorious service and achievement, valor, bravery, life-saving acts, professionalism and dedication to duty.

A five-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, Winters is assigned to the agency´s Madisonville post. In 2003, he issued a total of 523 traffic citations, investigated 35 crashes, answered 155 complaints and assisted 35 motorists. He had 2,420 contacts during 1,954 hours worked.

In the area of drug enforcement, Winters opened a total of 278 criminal cases and had 379 criminal arrests. This activity resulted in 16 meth lab busts and the seizure of more than 142 grams of methamphetamine, 11-and-a-half pounds of processed marijuana, 55 marijuana plants and numerous other illegal and prescription drugs. The estimated street value of these drugs is more than $140,000. He is also responsible for the seizure of more than $35,000 in cash, 28 long guns and 12 handguns.

Winters has repeatedly been recognized for outstanding performance. He has received Letters of Commendation at the post level as well as a Letter of Commendation from the Commissioner. He has received formal recognition from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency on two separate occasions. He was also selected as Trooper of the Year for his post for the past two years.

Five troopers received the Citation for Meritorious Service with "V" Device for Valor for distinguishing themselves by an act of courage performed under more than ordinary circumstances:

  • Trooper Mark Thomas              Dry RidgePost
  • Trooper Brandon Hammers   Aircraft Branch
  • Trooper Steve Long                  Richmond Post
  • Lt. William Sullivan                    Intelligence Branch
  • Capt. James Vanhook              Richmond Post

Trooper´s Medals, awarded to officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances, were presented to:

  • Trooper Keith Ferriell              Frankfort Post
  • Trooper Mark Applin                Henderson Post
  • Trooper Ray Burnam              Mayfield Post
  • Detective Crandall Hurt          East Drug Enforcement Branch

Six troopers received Citations for Bravery, an honor bestowed on officers of the agency who perform acts of bravery, without regard for personal risk, of clear and obvious peril and clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty:

  • Trooper Joel Woods              Columbia Post
  • Trooper Virgil Bryan Judd      Richmond Post
  • Trooper Barry Blair                 Special Response Team
  • Trooper Anthony Fannin        Special Response Team
  • Trooper Chad Carroll             Special Response Team
  • Sgt. Bobby Day                        Special Response Team

The Commissioner´s Award, presented to civilians who perform a life-saving act or a meritorious achievement that contributes to the success of a major KSP endeavor, was presented to:

  • James L. Caudill                    Woodburn, Ky.
  • Steven R. Lyons                     Bowling Green, Ky.

The agency´s highest civilian award, the Citation for Meritorious Achievement, which is bestowed on individuals who perform an extraordinary act of service or heroism in direct support of an officer engaged in the official performance of duty, was presented to:

  • Jimmy Cornelison                   Richmond, Ky.
  • Nathan Salyers                        Oil Springs, Ky.
  • Matthew Tackett                       Salyersville, Ky.
  • Jody Annette Wheeler             Oil Springs, Ky.
  • Roger Dean Wolfe                   Hyden, Ky.
  • Brett Wayne Davidson            Thousand Sticks, Ky.

The KSP awards ceremony is held annually during National Police Officer´s Memorial Week. It is immediately followed by a memorial service at the Kentucky State Police Professional Association´s Fallen Trooper Memorial located at KSP headquarters in Frankfort. The service honors the 23 state troopers killed in the line of duty during the 54 years since the inception of the KSP in 1948.

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