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KSP Post 2 Honors Fallen Troopers

Date of News Release: 05/18/2012

(Madisonville, KY) -- On Friday, May 18, 2012, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville held a ceremony at the cemetery at Salem Missionary Baptist Church to honor troopers who have killed in the line of duty.

Cecil W. UzzleTrooper Cecil W. Uzzle, age 28, was fatally injured in a vehicle collision on May 28, 1964, while accompanying Trooper Elmer Mobley Jr. in response to a call for assistance in Pike County. Their vehicle struck large rocks that had fallen in the roadway and were hidden by heavy rain and dense fog. Trooper Mobley was also killed. Trooper Uzzle was assigned to Post 9 Pikeville and had served with the Kentucky State Police for two years. Trooper Uzzle was not married. He is buried in the cemetery at Salem Missionary Baptist Church near Mortonís Gap in Hopkins County. In honor of his service and sacrifice, KY 1460 in Pike County has been designated the Trooper Cecil W. Uzzle Memorial Highway.

Trooper Lined up at seviceTrooper Joseph Ward Jr., age 25, died April 23, 1973, after being struck and killed by a vehicle. While investigating a vehicle collision on the Pennyrile Parkway in Christian County, Trooper Ward sacrificed his life by pushing a subject out of the path of an oncoming vehicle. Trooper Ward was assigned to Post 2 Madisonville and was a four-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. He is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Grant County, KY. On May 24, 2011, Debbie Ward, accepted the Governorís Medal of Valor on behalf of her brother-in-law, Trooper Ward. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer of the agency for heroism in the line of duty under circumstances of extreme personal hazard. It is awarded only by order of the Governor of the Commonwealth.

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