Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher presents five Kentucky State Police Troopers with "The Governor's Medal of Valor"

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker

Awards presented for first time since 1994

FRANKFORT, Ky. –  Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller in awarding five (5) Kentucky State Police Troopers “The Governor’s Medal of Valor” during the graduation ceremony of KSP cadet classes 84 and 85 held today at the Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center in Frankfort. Eighty-eight (88) new troopers, their families and friends looked on as the valor awards were presented. 

Governor Fletcher bestowed the award on Troopers Ricky J. Conn and Bradley G. Cure for their efforts to save the lives of those affected by a gas line explosion in Ivel, Kentucky, on November 8, 2004.  Trooper Conn was severely burned during the rescues and required months of medical treatment before his return to work in early May 2005. The governor also recognized the heroic acts of Captain William Sullivan and Troopers Barry M. Blair and Thomas A. Pyzik during a hostage rescue in Cumberland County on September 23, 2003.   

“There have only been 11 recipients of this award in the history of the Kentucky State Police; today we add five new names to that list,” said Governor Fletcher. “These officers have distinguished themselves by the heroic acts that they carried out under the most extreme circumstances. Their direct and brave actions not only distinguished themselves amongst their fellow officers, but also saved the lives of the victims involved in each of their uncommon situations. The character and professionalism of these officers is a testament for every member of the Kentucky State Police. I am proud to know that the commonwealth is made safer each day by selfless individuals, driven to serve, such as these fine officers.” 

The Governor’s Medal of Valor is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer of this agency for conspicuous heroism in the line of duty under circumstances of extreme personal hazard and is award only by order of the Governor of the Commonwealth. KSP Policy requires:

  1. The officer acted in the face of extreme personal danger without hesitation or regard for his own life and well being.
  2. Said officer undertook the action willingly and with full knowledge of the grave risks attendant thereto.
  3. Said act of heroism was so clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty and so conspicuous an example of personal courage that any lesser award would be considered both inadequate and inappropriate. 

“This is a proud day for the men and women of the Kentucky State Police,” remarked KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. “Although troopers do not perform their duties seeking praise, recognition or award, some acts, such as those recognized today, are clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty and deserve public acknowledgement.” 

During the ceremony, Governor Fletcher spoke via satellite telephone to Trooper Thomas A. Pyzik who is currently on active military duty in Iraq.                                                                         

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