Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Troopers save baby, Man arrested in Hazard
On 5-18-2004 at approximately 22:00 hours, Troopers Ronnie Long and Trooper Loren Holliday were attempting to make a traffic stop on 35 year old Simon Oliver on Cherokee Hills road when Simon Oliver fled the scene. The Troopers followed the 1995 Green Chevrolet Caviller onto KY 15 when Mr. Oliver stopped the vehicle in the south lane on KY. 15 and exited the vehicle. At this time Simon Oliver grabbed his two year old daughter Hannan and was attempting to jump over the bridge. At this time Trooper Ronnie Long grabbed the child and Trooper Holliday grabbed Simon Oliver. After a brief struggle Simon Oliver fell from the bridge into the Kentucky River, some 60 feet below. Trooper Terry Brewer entered the river approximately 300 feet down stream and pulled Mr. Oliver to safety. Hannah Oliver was taken to the Hazard Hospital and then Transferred to UK were she is listed in good condition.
A short time later Simon Oliver's wife, Sandra was found murdered inside the couples apartment in Hazard. Simon Oliver has since been charged with Murder and further charges are pending with the Kentucky State Police.