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Richmond Resident Awarded Governor's Medal of Valor

Date of News Release: 12/22/2005

Governor Ernie Fletcher presented Kentucky State Police Captain William Sullivan, a Richmond resident, with "The Governor's Medal of Valor" on Dec. 20 in Frankfort. Sullivan was one of five KSP troopers to receive the award.

Governor Fletcher bestowed the award on Sullivan for heroic acts during a hostage rescue in Cumberland County on September 23, 2003.

"There have only been 11 recipients of this award in the history of the Kentucky State Police; today we add five new names to that list," said Governor Fletcher. "These officers have distinguished themselves by the heroic acts that they carried out under the most extreme circumstances. Their direct and brave actions not only distinguished themselves amongst their fellow officers, but also saved the lives of the victims involved in each of their uncommon situations. The character and professionalism of these officers is a testament for every member of the Kentucky State Police. I am proud to know that the commonwealth is made safer each day by selfless individuals, driven to serve, such as these fine officers."

The Governor's Medal of Valor is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer of this agency for conspicuous heroism in the line of duty under circumstances of extreme personal hazard and is award only by order of the Governor of the Commonwealth. KSP policy requires:

  1. The officer acted in the face of extreme personal danger without hesitation or regard for his own life and well being.
  2. Said officer undertook the action willingly and with full knowledge of the grave risks attendant thereto.
  3. Said act of heroism was so clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty and so conspicuous an example of personal courage that any lesser award would be considered both inadequate and inappropriate.

"This is a proud day for the men and women of the Kentucky State Police," remarked KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "Although troopers do not perform their duties seeking praise, recognition or award, some acts, such as those recognized today, are clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty and deserve public acknowledgement."

A 19-year KSP veteran, Sullivan is a native of Corbin, Ky. He is a 1979 graduate of Corbin High School and a 1984 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.

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