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Kentucky fallen officers to be honored at law enforcement memorial ceremony

Gov. Steve Beshear, Rebecca Grignon-Reker to address attendees

RICHMOND, Ky. (May 15, 2015) – The memory and sacrifice of Kentucky’s officers killed in the line of duty will be honored at the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s annual law enforcement memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

Gov. Steve Beshear will address the families, friends and comrades of Kentucky’s fallen officers. He will be joined by Rebecca Grignon-Reker, widow of fallen Louisville Metro Officer Peter Grignon, who was shot and killed March 23, 2005, while investigating a stolen car report.

The ceremony will be held at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial, located in front of the John W. Bizzack Law Enforcement Training Complex on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.

2014 marks another historic year where Kentucky suffered no sworn officer, line-of-duty deaths. However, this year’s ceremony will honor seven Kentucky officers killed in the line of duty between 1858 and 2013, but whose names were not added to the national memorial until recently. One of the criteria for having a name placed on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial is that it be on the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Those officers names are:
Louisville Police Department Officer George Coulter, died Aug. 17, 1858
Louisville Police Department Officer Martin Roth, died Oct. 29, 1877
Louisville Police Department Officer Joseph Boyle, died Oct. 7, 1887
Paducah Police Department Officer James E. Phelps, died Nov. 8, 1894
Estill County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Henry T. Reed, died Aug. 21, 1920
Elliott County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joseph Carter, died Nov. 9, 1926
Louisville Police Department Officer Bob W. Branham, died May 14, 2013

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial monument stands in memory of nearly every Kentucky peace officer who has been killed in the line of duty. This year’s additions bring the total number of names on the monument to 525.

The memorial foundation was established in 1999 to build the unique memorial. Once the memorial was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include an ongoing financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency needs.