Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
State highway named in honor of fallen KVE officer
FRANKFORT, Ky-Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence unveiled a new highway sign today in honor of a Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officer who lost his life in the line of duty. The event commemorates naming a part of U.S. 60 in Frankfort the Jason Cammack Memorial Highway. Cammack was 26 years old when he died on April 23, 2000.
Photo: Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and KVE Officer Jason Cammack’s widow, Christa Hockensmith, unveil the new sign for the Jason Cammack Memorial Highway. Courtesy: Kentucky Office of Creative Services
“Jason was dedicated to public service,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. “His enthusiasm and dedication made him a great officer. This is a fitting tribute to Jason and his family.”
Officer Cammack was on routine patrol on I-64 near Midway, when he attempted to stop a speeding vehicle. He crossed through the median, swerved to avoid a moving car, went back into the median, crossed the eastbound lanes of I-64 and slammed into the rock embankment and died.
“Jason is the first and only officer to die in the line of duty in KVE’s thirty-plus year history,” said KVE Commissioner Greg Howard. “His family still lives here in Franklin County, so they’ll be able to see the sign honoring Jason. His dad will drive it everyday he goes to work.”
The Jason Cammack Highway is a 3.4 mile stretch of U.S. 60 from U.S. 460 to the Woodford County line.
Jason’s parents Gayle and Kela, his widow, Christa Hockensmith, and his son, Hayden, attended the event.
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