TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Memorial Wreath Presentation for Fallen Troopers
Date of News Release: 05/16/2008
(London, KY) - On May 15, 2008, starting at 10:00 AM, the Kentucky State Police Post 11 London will honor two fallen Troopers buried in the London Post area during the National Police Memorial week May 11-17. Post 11 Troopers will place a wreath at the gravesites of Trooper Elmer Mobley Jr. and Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson who were killed in the Line of Duty.
Each year, the Kentucky State Police Posts place a wreath at the gravesite of Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky. There have been twenty-five Kentucky State Police Troopers who have died in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1948. Our thoughts and prayers will always remain with those families who have suffered and grieve their loss. The Troopers that remain holding the "Thin Gray Line" are reminded daily of the dangers we face, and wish to promote public safety through service, integrity, and professionalism.
Trooper Elmer Mobley Jr., age 33, was fatally injured in a vehicle accident May 28, 1964, while responding to a call for assistance in Pike County. Trooper Cecil W. Uzzle, who was accompanying Trooper Mobley, was also killed in the accident when their vehicle struck large rocks that had fallen in the roadway and were hidden by heavy rain and dense fog. Trooper Mobley was assigned to Post 9 Pikeville and had served with the Kentucky State Police for four and a half years. He was survived by his wife and his nine-year-old son. Trooper Mobley is buried at Oneida Settlement School in Clay County, Ky. Designation of a memorial highway in honor of the service and sacrifice of Trooper Mobley is pending.
Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson, age 29, was fatally shot June 4, 1975, while making an arrest of a drunk driver in McCreary County. Trooper Hutchinson was assigned to Post 11 London and had served with the Kentucky State Police for two years. He is buried at Elk Springs in Wayne County, Ky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, KY 90 in Wayne County has been designated the Trooper John W. Hutchinson Memorial Highway.