Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
KVE Professional Association Contributes $5,000 to Support Kentucky's Law Enforcement Memorial
(RICHMOND, KY) – The Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Professional Association presented the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation with a $5,000 check today to help maintain the state’s memorial to fallen peace officers.
“We are very, very pleased and excited to have this opportunity to give to such a worthy cause,” KVEPA President Rocky Johnson said. “The memorial foundation is a very personal issue with us because, as officers, we realize that it could be any of us listed on that memorial and we honor those who have had to make that sacrifice.”
KVEPA’s contribution will to not only help relocate the monument, but also allow for the addition of two new wings to the memorial for names of future law enforcement officers who may lose their lives in the line of duty. The monument’s new location will also be aesthetically designed to provide family survivors, friends, officers and others a peaceful place to properly pay tribute to Kentucky’s fallen officers.
“The most sobering and galvanizing experience is when an officer gives his or her life in the line of duty, the second is when they are memorialized on a monument,” Department of Criminal Justice Training Commissioner John Bizzack said. “We applaud the KVE Patrolmen’s Association for their contribution. This is the only law enforcement association that has become involved and stepped forward in the endeavor to relocate and expand the monument. Being the first is a great proclamation of leadership in the field.”
The Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation also uses funds it generates to provide emergency or medical relief to serving officers and their families, and educational scholarships.
The memorial was dedicated in May of 2000, honoring 295 fallen officers. There have been 48 names added since 2000, 36 of which were “historical names” of officers who were killed in years past but whose names had not been submitted previously.