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KSP Post 8 Awards for Trooper/Detective of the Year

Date of News Release: 06/16/2015

Pictured from left to right are: Tpr. Pat A. Zalone, Lt. John M. Dowdy, TFC Bret Kirkland, Tpr. Jason E. Brown and Det. David Zimmerman

(Morehead, KY) - Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Kentucky State Police announced the 2014 Trooper of the Year, Detective of the Year, Commercial Vehicle 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 8 Morehead were honored at the ceremony.

Trooper First Class Bret A. Kirkland, of Mt. Sterling, was Post 8's Trooper of the Year. During the calendar year of 2014, TFC Kirkland issued 950 citations, investigated 15 collisions, investigated 46 cases and made 116 criminal arrests. TFC Kirkland is a 20 year veteran of the KSP and is currently assigned to the KSP Academy in Frankfort.

Detective David P. Zimmerman, of Morehead, was Post 8's Detective of the Year. During the calendar year of 2014, Det. Zimmerman investigated 21 complaints and 11 cases. In addition to these investigations, Det. Zimmerman was instrumental in solving multiple homicides in the Post 8 district. Det. Zimmerman is a 9 year veteran of the KSP.

Captain Brian S. Bowling, Lieutenant John M. Dowdy, of Flemingsburg, and Senior Trooper Pat A. Zalone, of Mt. Sterling, each received 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. Capt. Bowling is a 22 year veteran of the KSP, Lt. Dowdy is an 18 year veteran of the KSP and Trooper Zalone is a 6 year veteran of the KSP.

Trooper Jason E. Brown, of Frenchburg, received the KSP Life Saving Award. The Life Saving award is bestowed upon officers of the agency who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances. Tpr. Brown is a 5 year veteran of the KSP.

In addition to these awards, Sgt. Ralph Charles, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, received the KSP Citation for Meritorious Achievement. This citation is 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.