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Kentucky Troopers Remember The Fallen With Ceremony, New Statue

Josh James

Kentucky State Police troopers gathered to memorialize their fallen Monday. This year’s ceremony happened to land on the same day as the unveiling of new statue honoring those officers who died in the line of duty.

Music, prayers, and a member of the KSP Honor Guard keeping vigil over a row of candles – that was the scene at the annual memorial in Frankfort. It’s a ceremony Betty Hensley has attended for years, but of which she never grows tired.

"I love it. I love that the fact that they remember the troopers that have given their lives," she says.

Hensley’s brother, trooper Elmer Mobely, died in a vehicle accident in 1964 while responding to a call for assistance in Pike County. He’s one of the now 28 KSP troopers being remembered during National Police Officers Memorial Week.

"It's a solemn week for us, one of remembrance and reflection," Brewer says, adding, "But it's good to have those."

And fellow troopers now have one more spot at which to pay their respects. An eight-foot-tall bronze statue meant to honor troopers’ service was revealed hours later at the new state police Training Academy.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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