Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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Fallen Trooper Wreaths Laid
Date of News Release: 05/18/2011
(Bowling Green, Ky.) -- The 2011 National Peace Officer's Memorial Week has been designated May 15-21, 2011. On Monday, May 16, 2011, Kentucky State Police Post 3 personnel laid wreaths on the graves of three of the four Troopers killed in the line of duty in the Bowling Green Post 3 area. The wreaths that laid were for Lieutenant William Smith, Trooper Walter Thurtell, and Trooper William Barrett. The wreath for Trooper Darrell Phelps' grave will be laid on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. CDT.
During National Peace Officer's Memorial Week, Kentucky State Police around the state will honor troopers that paid the ultimate sacrifice. KSP Troopers will wear a black band over the badge and flags at all state police facilities are being flown at half staff during this week.
"Regarding this somber time we pause to reflect and pay honor to our fallen troopers who gave their lives to protect this great Commonwealth" remarked, Kentucky State Police Post 3 Commander, Lisa Rudzinski.
Gravesite of Lt. William Smith
Front Row- Lt. Shannon West
Middle Row- L-R; Trooper Jonathan Biven, Capt. Lisa Rudzinski, Trooper Greg Dukes>
Back Row- L-R: Sgt. Kevin Pickett, Trooper Brett Coomes, Sgt. Todd Combs
Gravesite of Trooper Walter Turtell
Logan County Deputy David Kitchens, Dep. Jeff Sanford, Sheriff Wallace Whitaker, Capt. Lisa Rudzinski, Sgt. Todd Combs, Tpr. Greg Dukes, and Lt. Shannon West
Gravesite of Trooper William Barrett
L-R,Cannon Co. Sheriff (TN) Darrell Young, Tennessee State Trooper Sgt. Billy Prater, Cannon Co. Chief Deputy Bruce Kirby, Lt. Shannon West, Capt. Lisa Rudzinski Tpr. Greg Dukes, Sgt. Todd Combs, and Tpr. Jonathan Biven