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Troopers Complete Grand Canyon Hike Raising $15,000

Date of News Release: 10/29/2014

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Lt. Col. Jack Miniard recently returned from a rim-to-rim trek of the Grand Canyon which raised more than $15,000 for The Trooper Project. This project is an endeavor by KSP to build a permanent tribute to the troopers and officers of the Kentucky State Police who currently serve, who will serve and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

Carrying the names and photographs of each of the agency's fallen officers, the duo completed the 30-mile hike in two days. Upon reaching the South Rim, the final leg of their journey, the pair unfurled the KSP flag and held the photos of the fallen heroes.

"It was an extremely proud moment for us to bring recognition to these fallen officers and to the Kentucky State Police," says Brewer. "Ultimately, that is why we did it and why we were there."

The agency released a video that details the hike and provides an inside look at the troopers as they travel across the Grand Canyon. The video is available to the public at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2BiLEV08qc

A bronze statue of a modern day trooper will be the centerpiece of the new KSP Academy in Frankfort when it is completed in early 2015. For more information about The Trooper Project visit www.TheTrooperProject.com