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KSP Trooper Injured In Explosion Continues Recovery


Date of Release: 11/9/04

Image of Trooper Conn(Frankfort, KY)--- Kentucky State Trooper Rick Conn is continuing his recovery in the burn unit of the Cabell-Huntington Hospital in West Virginia. Conn was severely injured yesterday while helping to evacuate residents at the scene of a suspected natural gas explosion in the community of Ivel in Floyd County, Ky.

Trooper Conn received second and third degree burns on his hands and face while trying to rescue victims of the explosion. He remains in fair condition and is in good spirits, according to KSP Commissioner Mark Miller. He is expected to undergo further treatment at the hospital.

"Trooper Conn´s quick thinking and dedication to service despite his own injuries made a real difference in the lives of others," said Miller.

A resident of the Ivel area, Conn was traveling in his personal vehicle when the explosion occurred. Unable to open the door to his vehicle due to his injuries, he crawled out of the window and assisted a female resident who was attempting to remove her child from her residence. Conn successfully moved the child to safety and returned to assist the mother. After ensuring her safety, Conn collapsed from his injuries.

"Trooper Conn´s selfless actions yesterday define heroism at its best," said Lt. Gov. Stephen B. Pence. "My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Conn and to the people of Floyd County for a quick recovery."

A nine-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, Conn has been assigned to KSP Post 9 in Pikeville since 1996.

Commissioner Miller also recognized the efforts of two other troopers involved in immediate response and rescue efforts during the incident. Trooper Bo Cure suffered slight smoke inhalation and, after receiving breathing treatment at the hospital, returned to the scene of the explosion to render assistance. Trooper David Watkins also responded to the scene and assisted in evacuation of the injured, including Trooper Conn.

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