Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags to Remain at Half-Staff in Honor of Kentucky State Police Trooper

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff in honor of Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard, 28, who was fatality injured on Tuesday, December 19, in a crash on US 119 in the Pike County community of Sidney.

Trooper Leonard was a three-year Kentucky State Police veteran.  He served his entire Kentucky State Police career at the Pikeville Post.

“This is a tragic loss for the Kentucky State Police and we will keep the family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Leonard in our thoughts and prayers,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This tragedy is a stark reminder of the tremendous sacrifice made on a daily basis by those who protect us and enforce laws.  On behalf of the citizens of Kentucky, I thank the KSP for their service and join them in mourning the loss of Trooper Leonard.”

In the 58-year history of the Kentucky State Police, Trooper Leonard is the 24th Trooper to lose his life in the line of duty and is the first since Trooper Johnny Edrington was killed in Laurel County on December 21, 1988.

Flags are currently at half-staff in memory of Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Clemons, a Kentucky Guardsman who died of a heart attack on Monday, December 11, while preparing to go on patrol with his team near Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq.  Clemons’ funeral will be held on Thursday, December 21.

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of Leonard’s funeral.  Arrangements have not yet been determined.