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KSP Post One Troopers Receive Awards

Date of News Release: 05/22/2009

An image of Left to Right Trooper Kyle Nall, Trooper Richie Wright, click here to enlarge the high resolution photo

(Hickory, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, May 20th, the Kentucky State Police held their annual awards ceremony at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. Two Troopers from Post One were recognized for their outstanding service for the Kentucky State Police and the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Trooper Kyle Nall, a Wingo native, was presented with an award for being named the Mayfield Post's 2008 nominee for "Trooper of the Year". During the year of 2008, Trooper Nall issued 923 citations, including 17 DUI, 114 speeding, 50 seatbelt, and 4 child restraint citations. Trooper Nall also investigated 9 vehicle collisions and responded to 242 complaints. Nall opened 18 criminal investigations and made a total of 471 criminal arrests. Trooper Nall began his career with Kentucky State Police in December of 2005.

One Trooper from Post One received the Trooper's Medal. This is awarded to officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances. Trooper Richie Wright Jr. received this award after a courageous act in Christian County during the fall of 2007. On October 7th, 2007, Trooper Wright was patrolling Interstate 24 when he observed a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Trooper Wright activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle; however the vehicle exited the interstate and attempted to flee from the trooper. The pursuit entered Christian County just before the fleeing vehicle traveled off of the travel portion of the roadway and overturned multiple times. The vehicle burst into flames immediately after. Trooper Wright, without hesitation, rushed to the vehicle and noticed the driver was in a semi-state of consciousness and was unable to exit the vehicle on his own. Trooper Wright reached inside of the passenger window and pulled the driver from the blazing vehicle. Wright then applied first aid to an open head wound which the driver had sustained during the crash. The driver was later air lifted to a regional trauma center where he would recover from his injuries.

Trooper Wright took direct, positive, and immediate action that saved the life of the driver. Any delay in action would have resulted in the driver's death. For this reason, Trooper Richie Wright was awarded the Trooper's Medal. Trooper Wright, a Livingston County native, is a nine year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and is assigned to Trigg County.

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