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Honoring a fallen officer

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By Bryan Marshall

Wreaths were placed on gravesites and salutes were given to three fallen Kentucky State Police troopers buried in the Dry Ridge Post area.

The memorial on Wednesday, May 13, was in collaboration with National Police Memorial week.

Post 6 troopers placed a wreath at the gravesites of Troopers Herbert C. Bush, Robert R. Miller and Joe Ward, Jr. who were all killed in the line of duty.

There have been 25 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the agency’s inception in 1948.

“People do this work because it is more of a calling,” said Trooper Rick Saint-Blancard. “It’s something we call service above self. When you give your life serving others, it’s truly a definition of the ultimate sacrifice. This is to honor them and remember them. More importantly, it’s to remember those who laid the groundwork and foundation for us to follow after and emulate.”

Ward Jr, 25, died April 23, 1973, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while working an accident in Hopkins County.

Ward was assigned to Post 2 Madisonville and was a four-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.

He is buried in Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge Miller, 24, was fatally injured Feb. 14, 1951, in an automobile accident while en route to a call for assistance in Boone County.

He was assigned to Post 6 Dry Ridge and had served with the Kentucky State Police for three years.

He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Erlanger.

Bush, 28, was killed Oct. 11, 1958, when an automobile struck his patrol car while he was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle.

He was assigned to Post 7 Richmond and had served with the Kentucky State Police for one year and four months.

Bush, who was survived by his wife, is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Newport.

“It’s to show their family members that they’re important to us,” Saint-Blancard said. “They may be gone, but they’re not forgotten.”