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Madisonville Troopers Honored

Date of News Release: 12/21/2007

An image of from left to right: Sgt. Bobby Murray, Tpr. Mike Manzanares, Det. Scott Smith, Tpr. Brandon McPherson, Tpr. Derek Smith, Det. Lonnie Kavanaugh, Tpr. Dan Morck, Tpr. Craig Engler, Tpr. Jerry Knight & Tpr. Timmy Jewell, absent-Sgt. Greg Jones, click here to enlarge Madisonville, KY (Hopkins County) - On Friday, December 21, 2007, eleven troopers from the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville were presented with the Commissioner's Commendation for their outstanding achievement in keeping with the highest tradition of the Kentucky State Police.

Sgt. Greg Jones, Sgt. Bobby Murray, Tpr. Craig Engler, Tpr. Timmy Jewell, Det. Lonnie Kavanaugh, Tpr. Jerry Knight, Tpr. Mike Manzanares, Tpr. Brandon McPherson, Tpr. Dan Morck, Tpr. Derek Smith and Det. Scott Smith were presented their awards at the Madisonville Post.

On September 24, 2007 the eleven troopers responded to a fight complaint involving 30 to 40 students at the Muhlenberg Career Development Center (formerly known as Job Corp). Upon their arrival, the fight had ended, but a large group of students was still gathered outside their dorms.

It was immediately decided that each student was to return to their respective dormitory and specifically their room. The student body was made up of approximately 385 students. Without hesitation, the troopers took charge and began directing students to their rooms. The students were extremely uncooperative and argumentative, but the troopers were able to get a large majority of the students to return to their rooms.

As the troopers went from dorm to dorm ensuring students were in their rooms; one particular dorm became extremely unruly and combative. Upon response to that dorm, the troopers attempted to settle things without confrontation with the students, but were unsuccessful. Finally, three of the students were taken into custody by troopers for their behavior and actions towards law enforcement. Another student, a juvenile, was detained by the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department. After the arrests, the dorms calmed and the students remained in their rooms.

Subsequently, troopers conducted an investigation into the assaults of the staff by the students during the fight. Two additional students, one adult and one juvenile, were taken into custody and charged with the assaults.

Each officer responded in the most professional and appropriate manner. All actions were completed without injury to any law enforcement personnel.

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