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Madisonville Troopers Honored At Awards Ceremony

Date of News Release: 05/09/2008

(Madisonville, KY) - On Thursday, May 8, 2008, the Kentucky State Police held their annual awards ceremony at the University Club in Louisville. Two troopers from the Madisonville Post were honored at the ceremony.

An image of Trooper William C. Braden II, click here to enlargeTrooper William C. Braden II was awarded the KSP Citation for Bravery. It is awarded to officers of the agency who perform acts of bravery, without regard for personal risk, of clear and obvious peril and clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty. On July 3, 2004 Trooper Braden responded to a complaint of a man threatening to kill a woman and her family on Bud Asher Mooney Road in the Dixon Community of Webster County. Subsequently, Tpr. Braden was involved in a lethal force confrontation with the suspect. Tpr. Braden is a seven-year veteran of the KSP and is currently assigned to Webster County.

An image of Trooper Derek Smith, click here to enlargeTrooper Derek Smith was presented with an award for being named the Madisonville Post's nominee for trooper of the year. For the activity period, Trooper Smith wrote one thousand (1,000) citations; including forty-five (45) DUI's, two hundred thirty-one (231) speeding, one hundred eighty-seven (187) seatbelt and eighteen (18) child restraint citations. He also investigated a total of sixty-four (64) collisions. Criminally, Trooper Smith responded to seven hundred fifty (750) complaints and opened a total of fifty-two (52) cases. Of the fifty-two cases, twenty (20) of them were drug related investigations. Along with the criminal cases, Trooper Smith made one hundred fifty-eight (158) criminal arrests. Trooper Smith began his career with the KSP in 2005 and is currently assigned to Hopkins County.

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