MAYFIELD, Ky. (September 12, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) held its annual sworn awards ceremony in Lexington to honor 75 troopers and officers who put on a uniform each day to patrol Kentucky’s neighborhoods with a mission of serving and protecting their fellow citizens. The achievement awards presented were for acts of bravery and service that occurred in 2021.
During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. recognized the agency’s troopers and officers for going beyond the mission of KSP in 2021 to protect and serve the citizens of the commonwealth by responding to two historic natural disasters, running into unthinkable dangers, assisting with the continued fight against the deadly drug epidemic and answering thousands of calls for service.
Five troopers from the Post 1 area were included in those honors.
Trooper Cody Jackson was named 2021 Post 1 Trooper of the Year. Trooper Jackson is a 2-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 1 Mayfield.
Trooper Tyler Bloodworth received the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service. Trooper Bloodworth is a 1-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 1 Mayfield. Trooper Bloodworth’s Citation for Meritorious Service was awarded in recognition of his efforts in Marshall County the night of the devastating December 10th tornado. Trooper Bloodworth walked several miles on foot where vehicles could not pass due to the debris, assisting citizens with evacuation from what was left of their homes.
Trooper Garret Clark received the KSP Citation for Bravery. Trooper Clark is 3-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 1 Mayfield.
Detective Nathan Moore was named 2021 Post 1 Detective of the Year and received the KSP Citation for Bravery. Detective Moore is a 4-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 1 Mayfield.
Trooper Clark and Detective Moore received the KSP Citation for Bravery in recognition of their efforts in Graves County following the devastating December 10th tornado. Trooper Clark and Detective Moore responded to the MCP Candle Factory where they were faced with downed power lines, ruptured natural gas lines, and additional hazardous materials amongst the rubble of the factory. Despite the hazards, Trooper Clark and Detective Moore proceeded through the rubble to locate and rescue survivors of the building collapse.
Detective John Sims was named 2021 Electronic Crime Branch Detective of the Year. Detective Sims is a 19-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Electronic Crime Branch.
Post 1 Commander David Archer states, “The humble nature of our troopers and detectives does not lend itself easily to recognition, yet the actions that lead to these awards are noteworthy. Each of these troopers distinguished themselves during 2021 while serving their fellow Kentuckians. They are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to duty that has made Post 1 a safer place to live.”
KSP’s focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves. For more information about KSP’s commitment of creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.
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