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"Trooper John W. Hutchinson Memorial Highway"
Kentucky 90 Dedicated in Wayne County
London, KY - Kentucky State Police Commissioner Patrick Simpson and the family of John W. Hutchinson unveiled the sign naming KY 90 in Wayne County the "John W. Hutchinson Memorial Highway" in honor and memory of Trooper Hutchinson.
Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson was a graduate of cadet class #47, in 1973 and was assigned to Post 11, London. On June 4, 1975 Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson, was fatally shot while attempting to effect an arrest of a drunk driver, in McCreary County. Trooper Hutchinson was 29 years of age at the time of his death.
Trooper Hutchinson's death occurred while he was carrying out his sworn duties as a Kentucky State Police Officer to serve and protect the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
On March 20, 2002 Governor Patton signed Senate Bill 18 which allows the Kentucky state police commissioner to request a state road, or segment of a state road, to be named in memory and honor of troopers who have died in the line of duty. Since 1948, 23 troopers have given the supreme sacrifice to insure the safety of Kentuckians.
Senator David Karem was the primary sponsor Senate Bill 18, which passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly
"This as well as the 22 others that will be erected across the Commonwealth, serve as a permanent reminder to all of us of the courage and commitment Kentucky State Troopers face every day," remarked Commissioner Simpson.
Additional signs will be unveiled over the next few months honoring all 23 Kentucky State Police officers killed in the line of duty. Notification will be provided when each sign is erected. Below is a list of 13 of the 23 locations. Locations for ten fallen troopers are pending.
|Officer Name||County||Highway||Milepoint Numbers|
|Trooper Harold J. Toll||Anderson County||US 127 BYPASS||6.175 - 11.120|
|Trooper Lee T. Huffman||Metcalfe County||KY 218||Entire County 0.000 - 3.451|
|Trooper William E. Tevis||Pulaski County||KY 461||Entire County 0.000 - 8.441|
|Trooper Delano G. Powell||Henry County||US 42||Jefferson through Henry Counties|
|Trooper Mack E. Brady||Henderson County||KY 425 Bypass||Entire Roadway 0.00 - 6.201|
|Trooper Walter O. Thurtell||Logan County||KY 431||1.485 - 14.887|
|Lieutenant William C. Smith||Warren County||US-31W||9.000 - 10.567|
|Trooper John Hutchison||Wayne County||KY 90||Entire County 0.000 - 25.235|
|Trooper Bobby McCoun||Anderson County||US 127||1.940 - 6.175|
|Trooper William F. Pickard||Larue County||KY 61||8.031 - 13.603|
|Trooper Clinton E. Cunningham||Madison County||KY 1986||Entire Roadway 0.000 - 10.464|
|Trooper Edward R. Harris||Hardin County||KY 3005 (Ring Road)||Entire Roadway 0.000 - 8.674|
|Trooper Johnny Edrington||Taylor County||US 68||Entire County 0.000 - 13.531|