Trooper Brad Arterburn
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 5, Campbellsburg
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State Police Honor Fallen Trooper
Date of News Release: 05/14/2009
(Campbellsburg, Ky.) -- In commemoration with National Police Officers Memorial Week, troopers from Post 5 Campbellsburg gathered at the gravesite of fallen Trooper Delano G. Powell today to honor his service and sacrifice to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Tpr. Powell's family members joined in the ceremony and watched as Post Commander Captain Dean Hayes placed a wreath at the grave in remembrance of his supreme sacrifice. "Troopers dedicate their lives to working in an occupation where life and death too often meet. Trooper Powell gave his life while serving as a protector to the Commonwealth. His life and death will be remembered by current and future generations of state police employees. We appreciate what he did to serve our community," said Captain Hayes.
Trooper Delano G. Powell, age 28, was fatally shot July 8, 1965, while serving a warrant in Breathitt County. Trooper Powell had accompanied a sheriff's deputy to the residence of the suspect, who opened fire with a shotgun from the cover of his darkened porch. The deputy pulled Trooper Powell to cover, but he died en route to the hospital. The suspect was later apprehended and convicted. Trooper Powell was assigned to Post 13 Hazard and had served with the Kentucky State Police for a year and a half. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried in Sulphur, Ky. in Henry County. In honor of his service and sacrifice, US 42 in Henry County has been designated the Trooper Delano G. Powell Memorial Highway.
There have been 25 Kentucky State Police Troopers who have died in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1948.