Fraternal Order of Police Honors Kentucky's Deceased Officers

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

It was here at the Old State Capitol that part of the memorial service was held to remember former and present officers that died last year, bringing their families and officers together today.

The 27 officers who passed away last year, are not being forgotten, especially by those who have been through the ceremony before.

"In one instant..with 3 shots fired, my faith, security, and future was shattered."

Through the streets of Frankfort, to the old Capitol building, officers that died in 2009 were honored, like Bowling Green Probation and Parole Officer Mallory James.

"She passed away in August of this previous year. She was a new mother, a relatively new wife, and she had a really loving family and was our rock," said Justin Chaffin.

She passed away from endocardytis, which is an infection that lived in her heart and went undiagnosed.

And former Lexington Officer Patricia Taylor. "She was one of Lexington's first female detectives. I believe she was Lexington's first female negotiator."

Two of 27 officers, some that passed unexpectedly, being honored for the job they've done. The sacrifice they made in their everyday lives serving the communities and commonwealth of Kentucky does not go forgotten.

"It's so great to be honored by the state. It meant a whole lot."

This is one event the Fraternal Order of Police hold every year to kick off National Police Week. They say they've been doing this for more than 20 years.

This was the first time in more than twenty years none of the officers honored died in the line of duty. Next year they will honor Lexington police officer Bryan Durman, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident last month.


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