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Trooper Kendra Wilson
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Post 12, Frankfort
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Post 12 Frankfort Memorial Services

Date of Photo Release: 05/12/2009

(Post 12 Frankfort)- Kentucky State Police Post 12 Frankfort will remember three fallen comrades during the National Police Memorial week May 11-17.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM, we will place a wreath at the gravesites of Trooper Harold J. Toll and Trooper Bobby A. McCoun in Anderson County. On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 11:30 AM there will be a wreath placed at the Frankfort Post 12 flagpole in honor of Trooper James W. McNeely.

Each year Kentucky State Police Post places a wreath at the gravesites of Troopers who gave 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 beginning in 1948. Our thoughts and prayers will always remain with these families who have suffered loss. We are reminded daily of the dangers we face, we want to promote public safety through service, integrity, and professionalism.

Trooper Harold J. Toll, age 34, was fatally injured Nov. 14, 1948, in an automobile accident while enroute to a call for assistance in Anderson County. He was assigned to Post 12 Frankfort. His death came only three months after being commissioned an officer with the Kentucky State Police. Trooper Toll is buried at Sandspring Baptist Cemetery in Anderson County, Ky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, a five-mile stretch of the U.S. 127 bypass in Anderson County has been designated the Trooper Harold J. Toll Memorial Highway.

Trooper Bobby A. McCoun Jr., age 23, died Sept. 1, 1975, as the result of an accidental shooting at the Pikeville jail in Pike County. Trooper McCoun was assigned to Post 9 Pikeville and served with the Kentucky State Police for two years. He is buried at the Lawrenceburg Cemetery in Anderson County, Ky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, a five-mile stretch of US 127 in Anderson County has been designated the Trooper Bobby A. McCoun Memorial Highway. September 1, 1975.

Trooper James W. McNeely, age 37, drowned while on a flood rescue mission in Franklin County. His death came one day after his sixteenth anniversary of joining the Kentucky State Police. Trooper McNeely and another law enforcement officer died when the boat in which they were riding was swept over the dam at Lock 4 in Frankfort. Trooper McNeely's body was never found. The two canoeists for whom the officers were searching were later found safe. Trooper McNeely was assigned to Post 12 Frankfort. Trooper McNeely was survived by his wife and three children. His memorial is in Wingo, KY. In honor of his service and sacrifice, a five-mile stretch of KY 339 in Graves County has been designated the Trooper James W. McNeely Memorial Highway. April 8, 1972.

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