Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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KSP Trooper Island Garden Dedicated in Memory of Richmond Native
Date of News Release: 06/18/2014
(Richmond, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Trooper Island Camp features a new garden for all visitors to see when they arrive. The garden was completed and dedicated to the memory of Brett Benton, while his family and friends were present at the 2014 Trooper Island Appreciation day.
Brett Benton was raised in Madison County where he graduated from Madison Central High School in 1992. Brett began his service to Trooper Island when he first started attending the camp with his father, Trooper Skip Benton. Brett later served as an adult camp counselor while he was employed by KSP as a dispatcher at the Richmond Post, between 1993 and 1998. Following his service to KSP, Brett joined the Kentucky National Guard and worked as a police officer for both the Nicholasville Police Department and Kenton County Police Department. In 2011, he was killed during a terrorist attack while he was assisting in the training of the Afghan Police Force in Afghanistan.
"The memorial garden would not have been possible without the financial support and donations of the public" said KSP Sergeant Toby Coyle. "Trooper Island has touched the lives of thousands of children since it began. Brett saw the difference that the island made and was always actively involved with it".
The majority of the financial support for the project was a result of the Brett Benton Memorial Corn Hole Tournament that was held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Additional donations and assistance were provided by Shannon Devere Construction and Jade Enterprise of Berea, KY.
Trooper Island Camp is a 34 acre island on Dale Hollow Lake that was developed by the Kentucky State Police as part of a long range program of public service to the youth of Kentucky: a place where the tensions and turmoil of our everyday lives can be forgotten; and for one week young people can be given a touch of hope and desire of a better tomorrow. For more information about Trooper Island and how you can help, please visit: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island.htm