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KSP Recognizes Longest-Tenured African-American Trooper

Date of Release: 02/24/05

Image of KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miiller, left, presents retired trooper Leroy Buckner with a plaque, honoring him as the longest-tenured African- American officer within the agency. At right is Buckner's daughter, La Tasha Buckner.FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2005) - As part of Black History Month, KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller recognized a retired trooper who has had the longest tenure of any other African-American KSP officer. Leroy Buckner, who served the KSP for 29 years, had a lengthy and exemplary career with the agency, said Miller.

"He received many accolades during his career, including the two highest awards that can be bestowed on an officer, the Guthrie Crowe award (for wounds or injuries sustained in the line of duty) and the KSP Citation for Bravery," said Miller. "We continue to try and recruit qualified African-Americans and other minorities to KSP. Buckner's commitment can serve as an inspiration for all who want to join the Kentucky State Police."

Buckner, who lives in Glasgow, also received the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service (given to officers who greatly contribute to the success of a major command or endeavor) and seven KSP Letters of Commendation from six different KSP commissioners during his service.

Tpr. Cory Buckner, the honored trooper's son, graduated from the KSP Academy in 2001 and is assigned to the Bowling Green Post. One daughter, La Tasha Buckner, is a Jessamine County assistant commonwealth's attorney, and another daughter, Kimberly Buckner, attends the University of Louisville.

Buckner lives in Glasgow with his wife, Linda.

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