Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation awards $48,000 in scholarships

Scholarships awarded to three surviving children of officers killed in the line of duty

RICHMOND, Ky. — College scholarships totaling $48,000 have been awarded to 26 Kentucky students by the Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarship endowment.

Three, $5,000 scholarships each were awarded to surviving children of Kentucky officers who died in the line of duty. They include children of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington (end of watch, Dec. 20, 1988), Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Cammack (end of watch, April 23, 2000) and Jessamine County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Walls (end of watch, Nov. 13, 2001).

The remaining recipients, which includes one Kentucky dispatcher and 22 dependents of Kentucky officers and dispatchers, were awarded $1,500 scholarships each.

Healy was a founding member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, which was established in 1999. The foundation’s original purpose was to build a memorial that would honor all Kentucky officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Once the monument was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include a financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency relief.

In 2004, the foundation created the scholarship program to help law enforcement officers, dispatchers and their families pay for college. It is restricted to law enforcement officers and dispatch personnel (current, retired or disabled) and their survivors or dependents. The scholarships may be used at any accredited college or university, including two-year and community colleges and may also be used for attendance at recognized or certified vocational or trade schools. Students do not have to major in law enforcement or criminal justice to be eligible for the scholarship.

After his death in 2009, the scholarships were named in honor of Healy’s dedication to the foundation.

“The goal of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has always been to honor and help the officers of this state,” said KLEMF Executive Director Drexel Neal. “I cannot think of a better way to honor the fallen heroes of the past and our officers of today than to help educate their survivors, their comrades and their dependents for a better future.”

Applications for the Healy scholarships are due annually in March and are reviewed by the KLEMF Board of Directors. For details and to obtain an application, visit klemf.org/scholarships.

The 2019 scholarship recipients are:

Madison Adkins, Nicholasville
Daughter of Nicholasville Police Lt. Scott Adkins
Morehead State University

Jessica Allen, Union
Daughter of Florence Police Lt. Roger Allen
Gateway Community and Technical College

Madison Bolin, Somerset
Daughter of Somerset Police Officer Billy Bolin
Eastern Kentucky University

Conner Burden, Louisville
Son of Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Joseph Burden
United States Merchant Marine Academy

Tiffany Burton, Stanton
Daughter of Office of Inspector General Officer Michael Burton
Georgetown College

Clare Butler, Independence
Daughter of Kenton County Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Butler
University of Mississippi

Haley Butler, Independence
Daughter of Kenton County Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Butler
University of Louisville

Hayden Cammack, Frankfort
Surviving son of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Cammack
University of Kentucky

Jordan Cantor, Winchester
Son of Winchester Police Officer Chris Cantor
University of Pikeville

Caleigh Coats, Franklin
Daughter of Simpson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Coats
Lindsay Wilson College

Chloe East, Hazard
Daughter of Hazard Police Deputy Chief James East
University of the Cumberlands

Callie Edrington (Maggard), Louisville
Surviving daughter of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington
Campbellsville University

Joshua Granholm, Louisville
Son of Louisville Metro Police Officer Mark Granholm
University of Louisville

Gabrielle Hagan, Tompkinsville
Tompkinsville Police dispatcher
Western Kentucky University

Lee Mason Hagan, Louisville
Daughter of Louisville Metro Police officers Christopher and Kristina Hagan St.
Ambrose University

Katelyn Hagedorn, Dry Ridge
Daughter of Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Hagedorn
Northern Kentucky University

Braden Jackson, London
Son of London Police Officer Billy Jones
Eastern Kentucky University

Nathan Millson, Burlington
Son of Boone County Sheriff’s Lt. Aaron Millson
University of Louisville

Samuel Morgan, Glasgow
Son of Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Morgan
Union College

Austin Paige, Flemingsburg
Son of Kentucky State Police Trooper Thurman Paige
Centre College

John David Pattison, Burlington
Son of Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Pattison
Eastern Kentucky University

Paige Peters, McKee
Daughter of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joie Peters
Western Kentucky University

Bailey Sanford, Russellville
Son of Russellville Police Sgt. Jeff Sanford
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Megan Tobergte, Florence
Daughter of Boone County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer David Tobergte
Northern Kentucky University

Kaley Walls, Sadieville
Surviving daughter of Jessamine County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Walls
Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Larry Wesley, Russell Springs
Son of Kentucky State Police Trooper Larry Wesley and Pulaski County 911 Dispatcher Sondra Wesley
Eastern Kentucky University

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