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Kentucky State Police Announce Top Trooper, Detective, CVE Officer, Facilities Security Officer and Other Awards

Date of News Release: 06/17/2016

Frankfort, Ky. (June 17, 2016) - Trooper Adam C. Childress, a Somerset, Ky. resident, was named 2015 Trooper of the Year. A four-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 11 in London. Prior to graduating from the KSP Academy in 2012, Childress served as a deputy with the Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for 10 years.

In 2015, Childress issued a total of 2,249 citations including 68 for driving under the influence, 60 for speeding, 335 for seat belt violations and 19 for child restraint violations. These four "life-saving" categories comprise the bulk of contributing factors related to highway injuries and fatalities.

In addition his traffic enforcement efforts, Childress responded to 829 complaints which led to 520 arrests.

Childress is a 2001 graduate of Rockcastle Co. High School. He is the son of Pete and Tracey Childress of Mount Vernon, Ky.

Detective John Sims, a Mayfield, Ky. resident, was named 2015 Detective of the Year. A 13-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 1 in Mayfield.

In 2015, Sims obtained 45 criminal arrests and investigated five major theft cases which involved a multitude of bank records. He also played an instrumental role in several critical cases including:

  • a quadruple homicide/arson in Calloway County that initially offered few clues. Sims was able to pull data from a suspect's cell phone that placed it at the victims' residence at the time of the murder/arson and showed that the suspect used the phone to conduct incriminating internet searches. He also coordinated the enhancement of the audio on an iPod recording in which the suspect discussed the murders with family members,
  • two theft by unlawful taking investigations in which one victim lost more than $88,000 and another $200,000,
  • a theft by failure to make required disposition investigation where the victim lost $59,000 in a theft of timber case,
  • an exploiting an adult investigation where a victim lost more than $160,000 in a power of attorney case and
  • an abuse of public trust investigation involving several thousand dollars.

Sims is also active in the investigation of Internet Crimes Against Children complaints. In August of 2015, after receiving a tip from the FBI, he conducted an investigation of a 17-year-old male Illinois resident who was in Marshall County on vacation. The investigation uncovered the molestation of the suspect's eight-year -old nephew and yielded seven charges of distribution of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor and 25 charges of possessing matter portraying sexual performances by a minor.

A 1997 graduate of Greenville College in Bond, Ill., Sims is the son of Ted and Stephanie Sims of Paducah, Ky.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Chris McQueen, a Corbin, Ky. resident, was named the 2015 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year for the KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. A nine-year veteran of the division, McQueen is assigned to CVE Region 4 based in London.

In 2015, McQueen observed and recorded 867 safety violations and performed a total of 626 commercial motor vehicle safety inspections. He maintained a driver out-of-service rate of 7.6 percent and a vehicle out-of-service rate of 33.8 percent, both of which are well above the national average.

He was also involved in an investigation that resulted in the recovery more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars worth of stolen property due to his efforts.

A 2003 graduate of South Laurel High School and a 2006 graduate of Somerset Community College, McQueen is the son of Glen McQueen and Mary Reed of Somerset, Ky.

Officer Ralph W. Thompson, a resident of Frankfort and a 14-year veteran of the agency, was named 2015 Facilities Security Officer of the Year.

A 1992 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Thompson is the son of the late James Thompson and June Thompson of Waco, Ky.

The KSP Citation for Bravery, an honor bestowed on officers of the agency who perform acts of bravery, without regard for personal risk, of clear and obvious peril and clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty, was presented to:

Tpr. Timothy B. Austin, Special Response Team
Tpr. Jeremy W. Baker, Post 15, Columbia
Tpr. First Class Christopher M. Burton, Special Response Team
Tpr. James C. Collins, Special Response Team
Tpr. Jason G. Denny, Special Response Team
Sgt. Eric D. Gibson, Cannabis Suppression Branch
Tpr. Dallas R. Greer, Special Response Team
Tpr. First Class Austin P. Hicks, Special Response Team
Tpr. First Class David T. Long, Post 15, Columbia
Tpr. First Class Jason L. McCowan, Special Operations-Canine
Tpr. Timothye K. Moffett, Special Response Team
Tpr. Greg W. Newman, Special Response Team
Tpr. First Class Chad R. Peercy, Special Response Team
Sgt. William L. Shuffett, II, Special Response Team
Tpr. Jonathan C. Sizemore, Special Response Team
Lt. Mike A. Wolfe (ret)
Tpr. Toby Young, Executive Security
Tpr. Patrick A. Zalone, II, Post 8, Morehead
KSP Canine Unit "Kalub"

The Lifesaving Medal, awarded to officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances, was presented to:

Tpr. Barrett M. Brewer, Post 5, Campbellsburg
Sgt. Tucker Carmichael, Post 3, Bowling Green
Tpr. Ray E. Caudill, II, Post 12, Frankfort
Tpr. First Class Dallas B. Eubanks, Special Operations-Canine
CVE Lt. John Kearns, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Region 5, Morehead
Tpr. Chad A. Smith, Post 3, Bowling Green
Tpr. Jarrod T. Smith, Post 11, London
Tpr. Sean Wint, Post 2, Madisonville

The Citation for Meritorious Service with "V" Device for Valor, bestowed on officers of the agency who distinguish themselves by an act of courage performed under more than ordinary circumstances, was presented to:

Tpr. Brandon G. Burton, Post 10, Harlan
Tpr. Eric B. Caldwell, Post 13, Hazard
Tpr. Derek C. Coleman, Post 9, Pikeville
Tpr. Matt W. Gayheart, Post 13, Hazard
Tpr. Kennith R. Hamilton, Post 9, Pikeville
Tpr. First Class James E. Hensley, Post 10, Harlan
Tpr. Luke A. Pridemore, Post 13, Hazard
Tpr. Jamie L. Rose, Post 9, Pikeville
Tpr. Adam L. Wright, Post 16, Henderson

The Citation for Meritorious Service, bestowed upon officers of the agency who distinguish themselves by an act of meritorious service of such exceptional character that it contributed to the success of a major command or endeavor, was presented to:

Tpr. Matt D. Cardwell, Executive Security
Capt. Brandon Hammers (ret.)
Det. William J. Howard, Post 10, Harlan
Lt. Kevin S. Minor, Aircraft Branch
Tpr. Josh C. Richardson, Post 13, Hazard
Lt. Jeremy V. Thompson, Post 4, Elizabethtown
Tpr. Jared B. Wagner, Post 8, Morehead

Twenty-one troopers were named Detective of the Yearat the post, branch or division level. They include:

POST 1 – Det. John W. Sims
POST 2 – Det. Lloyd A. Ray
POST 3 – Det. Wes L. Medley
POST 4 – Det. Chris Berry
POST 5 – Det. Zack A. Morris
POST 6 – Det. Charles C. Haselwood
POST 7 – Det. Michael W. Keeton
POST 8 – Det. Christopher D. Jones
POST 9 – Det. Chris K. Phillips
POST 10 – Det. Josh Howard
POST 11 – Det. Chris W. Roberts
POST 12 – Det. Keith A, Armstrong
POST 13 – Det. Billy C. Pollard
POST 14 – Det. Jeffery P. Kelley
POST 15 – Det. Michael S. Dubree
POST 16 – Det. Matthew L. Wise
ELECTRONIC CRIME – Det. Mitchel S. Hazelett

Seventeen troopers were named Trooper of the Year at the post, branch or division level. They include:

POST 1 – Tpr. First Class Thomas J. Williams
POST 2 – Tpr. Jacob W. Fortney
POST 3 – Tpr. Michael A. Hatler
POST 4 – Tpr. First Class Eric M. Hines
POST 5 – Tpr. Travis R. Sturgill
POST 6 – Tpr. Joshua L. Giles
POST 7 – Tpr. Toney G. Allen
POST 8 – Tpr. First Class Britt L. Rollins
POST 9 – Tpr. Robert M. Martin
POST 10 – Tpr. Chad W. Gregory
POST 11 – Tpr. Adam C. Childress
POST 12 – Tpr. Edward R. Whitworth
POST 13 – Tpr. First Class Jeff W. McWhorter
POST 14 – Tpr. Forest W. Newsome, Jr.
POST 15 – Tpr. Brian L. Gibson
POST 16 – Tpr. David J. Ammon

Seven Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers were named Officer of the Year at the region level, including:

REGION 1: Officer Brandon M. Goodman
REGION 2: Sr. Officer Jeremy T. Duvall
REGION 3: Officer Andrew Teaney
REGION 4: Officer Chris G. McQueen
REGION 5: Sr. Officer Matthew J. Hutti
REGION 6: Officer Tony L. Brashear
PROGRAMS BRANCH: Officer First Class William Rein

The 2015 KSP Safe Driving Awards, which recognize the KSP post and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region with the highest average number of safe driving miles between assessable accidents, were presented to KSP Post 5 in Campbellsburg and CVE Region 4 in London. Post 5 had a record of 1,012,436 miles with no assessable collisions. Region 4 had a record of 452,396 miles with no assessable collisions.

The KSP Citation for Meritorious Achievement, the agency's highest civilian award bestowed upon individuals who performed an extraordinary act of service or heroism in direct support of an officer of the agency engaged in the official performance of duty, was presented to:

Devin Caldwell, Danville, Ky.
Deputy Garrett Ingram, Fleming Co. Sheriff's Office
Chief Jason Nolan, Manchester Fire Dept.
Deputy U.S. Marshall Adrian Romaniuk, Nashville, Tenn.
Kerry D. Salyers, KSP Aircraft Branch
Deputy Jared Smith, Bell Co. Sheriff's Office
Wade White, Lyon Co. Judge-Executive