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KSP Post 3 Bowling Green Honors Fallen Troopers

Date of News Release: 05/02/2011

(Bowling Green, Ky.) -- On October 1, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed into public law a joint resolution of the 87th Congress designating May 15 as Police Officer’s Memorial Day in honor of federal, state, and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Each year, the calendar week in which May 15 falls is called "Police Week." The 2011 National Peace Officer's Memorial Week has been designated May 15-21, 2011.

During this week fallen officers from across the country will be honored in both public and private ways.

As a part of the Kentucky State Police’s annual observance of this somber time, wreaths will be placed on the graves of the 25 who died in the line of duty while serving this great Commonwealth.

The final resting place of three of the four brave men is within the Post 3 district with the other being in the State of Tennessee.(Below are brief descriptions of how each died).

Post 3 personnel will place a wreath at the grave of Lieutenant William Smith at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Warren County at the Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Post 3 personnel will place a wreath at the grave of Trooper Walter O. Thurtell at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Logan County at the Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, Kentucky

Post 3 personnel will place a wreath at the grave of Trooper William Barrett at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, Tennessee.

Post 3 personnel will place a wreath at the grave of Trooper Darrell Phelps at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Union Cemetery in Quality, Kentucky.

Lieutenant William C. SmithLieutenant William C. Smith, age 45, was shot and killed April 26, 1973, while attempting to arrest a murder suspect in Warren County. Lt. Smith was assigned to Post 3 Bowling Green and was a 24-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. In honor of his service and sacrifice, a portion of US 31 W in Warren County has been designated the Lt. William C. Smith Memorial Highway.

Lieutenant William C. SmithTrooper Walter O. Thurtell, age 42, died September 29, 1972, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while en route to a call for assistance in Logan County. Trooper Thurtell was assigned to Post 3 Bowling Green and was a 15-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. In honor of his service and sacrifice, a 14-mile stretch of KY 431 in Logan County has been designated the Trooper Walter O. Thurtell Memorial Highway.

Lieutenant William C. SmithTrooper William H. Barrett, age 35, died December 19, 1971 when he was ambushed and shot in Warren County. Trooper Barrett was assigned to Post 3 Bowling Green and had served with the Kentucky State Police for four years. In honor of his service and sacrifice, a five-mile stretch of US 68/80 in Warren County has been designated the Trooper William H. Barrett Memorial Highway.

Lieutenant William C. SmithTrooper Darrell V. Phelps, age 34, was fatally shot August 7, 1981, while investigating illegal cultivation of marijuana in Edmonson County, Kentucky. Trooper Phelps was assigned to Post 3 Bowling Green as a detective. Trooper Phelps was an 11-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. In honor of his service and sacrifice an eight-mile stretch of KY 1153 in Butler County has been designated the Det. Darrell V. Phelps Memorial Highway.

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