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Madisonville Troopers Honored at Awards Ceremony

Date of News Release: 05/10/2010

Click here to enlarge the photo of left to right: Tpr. Camileo Threatt, Tpr. Jermaine Savage, Tpr. Michael Dennis, and Det. Lonnie Kavanaugh.  Tpr. Foster absent from group photo

(Madisonville, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, the Kentucky State Police held their annual awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne in Louisville. Five troopers from the Madisonville Post were honored at the ceremony.

Click here to enlarge the photo of Trooper Michael DennisTrooper Michael Dennis, Trooper Jermaine Savage, and Trooper Camileo Threatt were 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.

Click here to enlarge the photo of Trooper Jermaine SavageOn December 29, 2007, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Post 2 Madisonville received a complaint of a bank robbery that occurred at U. S. Bank in Madisonville, KY. Troopers Dennis, Savage, and Threatt began to travel north of US 41 to observe for the suspect's vehicle that was seen leaving the bank.

Click here to enlarge the photo of Trooper Camileo ThreattAt approximately 12:01 p.m., Troopers Dennis and Savage located the vehicle traveling south on US 41. As they conducted a felony, traffic stop on the vehicle, other units from Post 2 arrived and assisted with the stop. Two suspects could be seen in the vehicle, while a third suspect that was lying in the back seat at the time, could not be seen. While the troopers were placing the two suspects in custody, the third suspect jumped in the front seat and began to flee in the vehicle. While some of the troopers stayed with the two suspects that were removed from the vehicle, Troopers Dennis and Savage began to chase the fleeing vehicle.

Trooper Threat was just south of their location and was given approval to deploy a tire deflation device. As the fleeing vehicle approached, Trooper Threatt was able to successfully deploy the tire deflation device, which ultimately disabled the suspect's vehicle.

The suspect's vehicle traveled approximately another half a mile before the suspect drove the vehicle into a ditch where the suspect fled on foot armed with a .40 caliber handgun. Trooper Savage exited his cruiser and began to chase the suspect on foot. Trooper Dennis drove his cruiser a short distance further in an attempt to cut the suspect off. When Trooper Dennis exited his cruiser and began to chase the suspect on foot, the suspect fled into a patch of tall grass in an attempt to hide. From the angle Trooper Dennis was running, he could not see the suspect, but Trooper Savage could see the suspect bent over with his weapon pointed towards Trooper Dennis waiting to ambush him from behind the tall grass. In fear for the life of Trooper Dennis, Trooper Savage fired his service weapon toward the suspect. The suspect then directed his attention and weapon toward Trooper Savage and fired. When the suspect fired, he emerged from the grass at which time Trooper Dennis was able to see the suspect shooting and return fire. As the suspect began to flee on foot again, Trooper Threatt pulled up in his cruiser and attempted to cut the suspect off as he ran out of the field and onto the roadway. Trooper Threatt exited his cruiser and could see that the suspect was still armed. Trooper Threatt gave the suspect verbal commands to stop, but the suspect continued to flee. Troopers Dennis, Savage, and Threatt continued to chase the suspect until they were able to corner him between themselves and a small lake. The suspect ran onto a boat dock and placed his handgun to his head, at which time a standoff began. After approximately two hours of negotiation, the suspect surrendered without any further incident. There were no injuries.

Trooper Dennis began his career with the Kentucky State Police in 2004 and is assigned to Christian County.

Trooper Savage is a 10-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and is assigned to Todd County.

Trooper Threatt is an 8-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and is the S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) unit for Post 2 Madisonville.

Click here to enlarge the photo of Trooper Matthew FosterTrooper Matthew Foster was awarded the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service with "V" Device for Valor for distinguishing himself by an act of courage performed under more than ordinary circumstances.

On April 3, 2008, Post 2 Madisonville received a call from Crittenden County that a van was stuck on a bridge in high water at the intersection KY 1077 and KY 506. Trooper Foster responded to the call from approximately 22 miles away. When he arrived at the scene, he was able to make contact with the female driver of the van. He was forced to use a cell phone to communicate with her due to the darkness and the distance between the two. She was able to tell Trooper Foster that she and her two children were in the van that had become disabled on the bridge in the high water. She was able to describe to Trooper Foster that her van was surrounded by debris and that the water was rising too fast for them to get out on their own.

A few minutes later, Crittenden County Deputy Sheriff Greg Rushing arrived on the scene in his truck. Trooper Darron Holliman had also arrived on the scene to assist. Troopers Foster and Holliman got into the back of the deputy's truck and attempted to get the victims by having the deputy back the truck into the rushing waters. This attempt was unsuccessful due to the level of the water and the amount of debris that was floating in the rapidly, rising water.

Trooper Foster quickly made the decision to remove his gun belt. He then instructed the deputy to back his truck into the water again. Trooper Foster exited the truck by himself, with a life vest in hand, and started making his way to the van in an attempt to remove the victims. He made his way to the van, approximately 250 feet from the truck, and made contact with the occupants. Trooper Foster removed a 13-year-old boy from the van and assisted him back to the truck. He then returned to the van and escorted the boy's 15-year-old sister to safety. Trooper Foster returned to the van a third time and escorted the driver to safety. All three victims were rescued safely.

Trooper Foster began his career with the Kentucky State Police in 2005 and is assigned to Crittenden County.

Click here to enlarge the photo of Detective Lonnie M. KavanaughDetective Lonnie M. Kavanaugh was presented with an award for being named the Madisonville Post's nominee for Trooper of the Year.

In 2009, the Hopkins County Attorney's Office received numerous complaints in reference to the business practices of Browning Chevrolet located in Madisonville, KY. The task to investigate these allegations was assigned to Detective Kavanaugh. The fruit of Detective Kavanaugh's hard work and labor resulted in four arrests.

In 2008, Detective Kavanaugh was assigned a case which involved a body being discovered in a wooded area in Muhlenberg County. Through the course of his investigation, Detective Kavanaugh obtained murder warrants for three individuals and all three were taken into custody.

For the activity period, Detective Kavanaugh opened twenty (20) criminal cases and made one hundred seventy (170) criminal arrests while answering seventy one (71) complaints. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a detective, he produced one hundred ninety three citations (193), thirty three (33) speeding citations, forty seven (47) seat belt citations, and investigated three (3) traffic crashes. Detective Kavanaugh volunteered to work the World Equestrian Games and the Kentucky Derby detail this year.

Detective Kavanaugh is a 17-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.

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