State Cermony to Honor Law Enforcement Killed in Line of Duty Next Week

May 19, 2016

KSP Post 1 Troopers Joseph Ponder and Eric Chrisman
Credit KSP

Kentucky will honor four law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year, two of which served in western Kentucky.  

The ceremony will be part of an annual law enforcement memorial at the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Training.  Gov. Matt Bevin will be the keynote speaker.

The May 23rd event in Richmond will honor the sacrifice of Kentucky State Police troopers Cameron Ponder and Eric Chrisman,

Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis and Nicholasville Police Officer Burke Rhoads.  

Ponder and Ellis were fatally shot while investigating calls.  Rhodes and Chrisman died in car crashes. Ponder and Chrisman were both stationed within KSP Post 1.  

The ceremony also will recognize five others killed in the line of duty between 1893 and 2013, but whose names were not added to the national memorial until recently.