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Post 2 Troopers Honored at Awards Ceremony

Date of News Release: 05/20/2009

(Madisonville, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, the Kentucky State Police held their annual awards ceremony at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. Two troopers from the Madisonville Post were honored at the ceremony.

An image of Trooper Jerry M. Knight II, click here to open the high resolution photo in a new windowTrooper Jerry M. Knight 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 January 29, 2009, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Trooper Knight was off duty in his personal vehicle leaving his mother's residence on Oak View Drive in Greenville, KY when he saw smoke and flames coming from another residence on Oak View Drive. Trooper Knight immediately stopped his vehicle and ran over to check on two ladies that were outside the residence. Trooper Knight inquired if the ladies were alright and if anyone else was inside the residence. One of the ladies stated that an elderly female was still inside.

Trooper Knight ran over to the burning house, went to a front window and started yelling for the elderly female. He then broke the window with his arm and tried to make contact again, but there was no response. Trooper Knight ran back to the two ladies in the front yard and asked them what part of the residence they last saw the elderly female. They pointed to the middle of the house. Trooper Knight ran back to the front of the residence, but could not see inside due to the smoke. Trooper Knight ran approximately fifteen feet inside the house and yelled for the victim. This time, the victim answered him. He held his arms out and walked towards her voice. Once Trooper Knight located her, he placed his arms around her and guided her out of the house. Once outside, Trooper Knight and another first responder carried the victim to an ambulance.

An image of Trooper Derek A. Smith, click here to open the high resolution photo in a new windowTrooper Knight began his career with the KSP in 2003 and is currently assigned to Muhlenberg County.

Trooper Derek A. Smith was presented with an award for being named the Madisonville Post's nominee for Trooper of the Year.

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