Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
DOCJT Honors Kentucky’s Fallen Heroes
RICHMOND, Ky. – “What type of person does it take to be willing to get up in the morning and strap on a gun, knowing he may need to use it,” Lt. Governor Stephen Pence asked during today’s Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. “What type of person does it take to get up and be willing to put on a bullet proof vest as part of their job? Clearly, it takes a very special person, someone worthy of the honor that we are bestowing today on them.”
Today’s ceremony at the Department of Criminal Justice Training honored nine new names added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial, the state’s only monument to all of Kentucky’s fallen peace officers.
“An event like this is appropriate and very befitting of the type of recognition we need to give now to the law enforcement personnel who have gone before and made the supreme sacrifice, and also to recognize those here today who are willing to make that sacrifice – where would we be without them,” Pence said.
This year’s additions bring the total number of names on the monument to 343.
One officer whose name is now memorialized on the monument was killed in the line of duty within the last year.
Steven Hutchinson, Grayson County Constable, died June 17, 2004 when he and a teenager he was trying to apprehend were struck by an oncoming vehicle. The constable had stopped his patrol car in opposing traffic on Highway 54 and was on foot attempting to apprehend the juvenile. The driver of the other vehicle swerved to miss Hutchinson’s car but could not avoid hitting Hutchinson and the teenager he was talking to in the area beside the roadway.
Steven Hutchinson had served on the Leitchfield Fire Department for 18 years and was elected constable in 2002.
An additional nine officers memorialized today were killed in the line of duty between 1917 and 1964 but had never been honored on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Although the name of Officer Peter A. Grignon of the Louisville Metro Police Department was not dedicated at this year’s ceremony due to timing conflicts, Grignon’s sacrifice was honored during the ceremony. Members of Grignon’s family, Louisville Metro Lt. Col. Terri Winstead and several officers from the department attended the ceremony.
Grignon will be dedicated to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in May 2006.
Located prominently at the entrance of the Department of Criminal Justice Training, the memorial was first unveiled in 2000. The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, founded to build the unique monument, has expanded its programs to include endowments to Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency financial relief.
Historical names added to the memorial include:
Julius Plummer, Sr., Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, died October 28, 1917. Plummer, 57, succumbed to injuries sustained when he was involved in an automobile accident while driving a prisoner to the county jail.
Willis A. Coy, Louisville Police Department, died February 11, 1937. Coy succumbed to injuries sustained when he was involved in a motorcycle accident while on patrol. He served 12 years with the department.
Douglas Manning, McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, died November 23, 1947. Manning, 40, was shot and killed in the line of duty.
David Galloway, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died December 20, 1947. Galloway, 50, was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man for being drunk in public and suspicion of beating his wife earlier in the day. As another officer and he spoke to the man, a second man hiding behind a closed door, opened fire with a shotgun. Both deputies were killed.
Willard Hall, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died December 20, 1947. Hall, 52, was with Deputy Galloway while attempting to serve a warrant for public drunkenness and was shot by an unseen man while standing at the door of the suspect.
Rufus Barrow, Adairville Police Department, died April 29, 1948. Barrow, 65, was shot and killed with his own service weapon while responding to a disturbance call involving a mentally ill man who gained control of the revolver.
Montgomery Givens Christian, Union County Sheriff’s Office, died June 2, 1948. Christian, 57, was killed when he fell from the running board of a moving vehicle while attempting to arrest the driver for being intoxicated.
Warren C. Campbell, Sr., Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, died August 29, 1964. Campbell, 50, died of a fatal heart attack after being assaulted by a group of men at a local bar. The group was attempting to prevent the sheriff and deputies from taking a man being arrested for public intoxication. As the situation was brought under control, Campbell collapsed.