KSP Post 1 to Dedicate a Memorial Honoring Fallen Trooper Eric Keith Chrisman u/800 and Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder u/954
Date of News Release: 05/25/2016
Hickory, KY (May 27, 2016) - In commemoration of the life and sacrifice of Trooper Eric Keith Chrisman and Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, the Kentucky State Police Post 1 Mayfield, will hold a dedication ceremony on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. CST at Kentucky State Police Post 1 located in Hickory, KY.
A monument honoring these two fallen heroes will be unveiled at this ceremony. This monument was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Back the Badge organization and donated to the Kentucky State Police Post 1 as a way to memorialize the ultimate sacrifice made by Tpr. Chrisman and Tpr. Ponder.
Trooper Eric K. Chrisman, age 23, was fatally injured on June 23, 2015 in a vehicle collision while en route to a reckless driving complaint on US 62 in Livingston County. Upon receiving his commission as a Trooper, he was assigned to Post 1, Mayfield, where his death came only six months into his career.
Trooper Joseph 'Cameron' Ponder, age 31, was fatally shot on September 13, 2015 while conducting a routine traffic stop on Interstate 24 in Lyon County. Upon receiving his commission as a Trooper, he was assigned to Post 1, Mayfield, where his death came only nine months into his career.