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KSP Post 2 Officers Honored At Awards Ceremony

Date of News Release: 06/12/2015

Left to right – Tpr. Kenneth Perkins (retired), TFC Jeffrey McWhorter, TFC Mark Combs, Det. Lonnie Kavanaugh

Madisonville, KY - On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Kentucky State Police announced the 2014 Trooper of the Year, Detective of the Year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year, Facilities Security Officer of the Year and other awards for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington. Four officers from Post 2 Madisonville were honored at the ceremony.

KSP Winters: Left to right – KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, TFC Bob Winters, Secretary of the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet J. Michael Brown

Trooper First Class Bobby G. Winters was Post 2's Trooper of the Year. During the calendar year of 2014, TFC Winters issued 712 citations, responded to 521 complaints, investigated 52 motor-vehicle collisions, and made 131 criminal arrests. TFC Winters is a 16-year veteran of the KSP.

Detective Lonnie M. Kavanaugh was Post 2's Detective of the Year. During the calendar year of 2014, Det. Kavanaugh opened 12 criminal cases and made 17 criminal arrests. Det. Kavanaugh is a 22-year veteran of the KSP.

KSP Ayres: Left to right – KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, Sgt. Jeffrey Ayres, Secretary of the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet J. Michael Brown

Sergeant Jeffrey M. Ayres was presented with the KSP Citation for Bravery. This honor is bestowed upon 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. Sgt. Ayres is a 7-year veteran of the KSP.

KSP Braden: Left to right - KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, TFC William Braden II, Secretary of the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet J. Michael Brown

Trooper First Class William C. Braden II was presented with the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service. This honor is bestowed upon officers of the agency who distinguish themselves by an act of courage or other meritorious service. TFC Braden is a 14-year veteran of the KSP.

Also honored at the ceremony, were officers previously assigned to Post 2:

  • Trooper First Class Mark L. Combs - a 19-year veteran of the KSP and is assigned to the Special Operations Branch-Canine Section
  • Trooper First Class Jeffrey W. McWhorter - a 14-year veteran of the KSP and is assigned to Post 13-Hazard
  • Retired Trooper Kenneth W. Perkins

Each was presented with the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service with "V" Device for Valor. This honor is bestowed upon officers of the agency who distinguish themselves by an act of courage performed under more than ordinary circumstances.