Category Archives: Kentucky

Recent discoveries of local officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Cicero

As I checked ODMP today, I noticed that two kentucky officers were recently discovered.

Patrolman Leonard J. Garrison of the Paris Police Department was killed on Monday, March 30, 1964.

May he continue to rest in peace.

Special Deputy David George Treadway of the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office was killed Sunday, December 10, 1922.

Prior to today, I only knew of four officers killed in my home county. Now there are 5. And while the even happened 89 years ago, there was still that sinking feeling in my stomach. A sense of loss. I also wonder how many officers out there have died and no one remembers. How may sacrificed all they had to protect my family that now seems forgotten by history.

Deputy Treadway, you will never be forgotten again. Ever.

Line of Duty deaths from history recently honored by ODMP.

The Officer Down Memorial Pages teamed up with researchers from across the county tirelessly look for officers who were killed in the line of duty and not honored at the National and sometimes state level. So when someone is found and verified, they are posted on the Recent Historical Additions page.

Thes officer’s dedication to duty, even in the face of danger, gives them honor, even today, even those gone over 100 years ago. Continue to rest in peace, Kentucky heroes.

Christian County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Robert H. Coffey
Christian County Sheriff’s Office, KY
EOW: Saturday, October 26, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Green County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Marhall E. Henley
Green County Sheriff’s Office, KY
EOW: Saturday, July 7, 1883
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Policeman James C. Coldiron
Lynch Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, July 15, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Chief of Police William R. Holcomb
Lynch Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, July 15, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knott County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Adam Smith
Knott County Sheriff’s Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, April 11, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harlan County Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Melvin Gregory
Harlan County Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Peters
Harlan County Sheriff’s Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, June 30, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jim Collins
Bell County Sheriff’s Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, July 4, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pike County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Constable Cline Tackett
Pike County Constable’s Office, KY
EOW: Sunday, June 16, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Knox County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Constable Brock Sizemore
Knox County Constable’s Office, KY
EOW: Tuesday, November 3, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Slaughtersville Marshal's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Marshal Ren Ashby
Slaughtersville Marshal’s Office, KY
EOW: Thursday, December 22, 1898
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Detective Green Rose
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Wednesday, March 29, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Recent officer injuries

In the last few days, we have a few stories of officers who are seriously injured after being attacked by criminals.

Un-named Minnesota State Patrol officer was injured in a shooting along Interstate 94 in Oakdale.

Sgt. Norman Benjamin was shot near the intersection of Summer and Avon while responding to a robbery call at a restaurant just before one Saturday afternoon. Police are looking for a Maroon Nissan Sentra TN plate 449VYC driven by a black female with black male shooting suspect in back of car.

Auburndale, FL Officer Stacy Booth, 26, was walking up to the house when the suspect, Michael Wayne Lester, fired a shotgun blast through the door.

Attacks against officers are becoming more brazen. If you are an officer, always be prepared and wear your vest. If you are not an officer, pray for those who are. Also, on a more positive note, 3 other officers were shot at, but were not injured.

Deputies Eric Bryan and Steven Bodek of the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office killed a suspect who fired on them. They awere uninjured.

In Montgomery County, KY the State police say 45-year-old Terry Pruitt hid under a bed when officers came in to serve a warrant, then got up and threatened one of their undercover agents. The un-named officer shot and killed the individual and was un-injured.

Officer involved shooting – NOT TODAY!

Dave Smith when he wrote Entering 2011 in a ‘conspiracy of safety’ for really began pushing this phrase : NOT TODAY.

We will continue to post articles, news, and videos to help you as our part of the conspiracy. You will actively think when you read or watch these posts, “What would I do?” mentally rehearsing YOU resolving this or that crisis successfully. On the street, think to yourself, “Not today, not on this shift, not on this call, not on this stop — I will not be caught unaware!”

So September 1, an officer in Eastern Kentucky was faced with an option: Shoot or be shot. He choose to shoot. Good. This officer gets to go home tonight, safe. Now the bad guys know that the Kentucky State Police aren’t to be messed with.

If you would like, you can try to arm-chair quarterback this one. But there are a couple of important facts that should be remembered.

1. This individual was hiding from the KSP, and chose to come out of hiding and point a gun at the officer.

2. The officer did not have time to research this man’s mental state, or determine if the gun was loaded, or get references from the neighbors that he was a “nice man”. In a split second he chose to eliminate the threat. “NOT TODAY.” “I will survive.” “I will go home tonight to my family.”

Kudos to this undercover officer. You made the right decision.

Distribution: Please distribute to all law enforcement personnel – Police Week 2011

As always, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance. I also want to thank you, the reader. I cannot personally give you a pat on the back or buy you lunch. However, I can let you know that people DO care.

May 15-21 this year is Police Week. It was designated by President Kennedy in “recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”.

During this note, I would like to talk a bit about significance. Significance can be a very broad term, and like beauty, it can be in “the eye of the beholder”. Actions that I take may or may not be viewed as significant to employers, friends, or family; even though I think they are significant. The adverse is also true. Something that I think is insignificant may be very significant to someone else.

So how does that affect you as a Police Officer? I have ridden with and heard from numerous officers who fight this battle. They feel unappreciated. They feel that the community is looking for reasons to harp on them. Bottom line – they do not feel significant.

We as humans don’t have the full picture. What you see as giving directions to a lost motorist, may have enabled them to see a loved one for the last time, or the birth of a new child. By giving that kid at McDonalds a sticker or a toy badge, may have given them their first view of a cop – and made a supporter for life. Checking in on the dog bite victim even after your part of the case is done, showed that little boy that cops need not be feared, but are there to help. The little things that we consider insignificant may not have changed the world, but it changed someone’s world. Whether you are in a small town, big city, or something in between, you have likely made impact on people you are not aware of, and possibly may never know. So I want to encourage you as you read this.

I could go on for pages about why your job is significant, and why YOU are significant. But you have things to do, so I tried to be brief (If you’d like me to expound further drop me a note). For all the officers out there reading this, Dr. Mike is praying for a peaceful week for you. Safe traffic stops. I hope people see you in restaurants and pay for your food. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year. I pray that those of you making the trip to Washington will have a safe trip. For those who are making the trip to the wall to honor a fallen brother, I pray for safety and healing. But most of all, I hope there is an outpouring of appreciation form the communities that you serve.

In closing, thank you for all you do. I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to speak with you.

Thanksgiving 2010 will soon be here. Another year is soon coming to a close. I just want to talk a little about adversity. I can almost hear you ask, “Why would we hear about adversity on Thanksgiving?” For starters, if you’re reading this note, you have survived. People and circumstances threw their best at you and you came out on top. You might have received some bumps and bruises along the way, but your here. And you get to fight another day. That bullet meant for you missed its target. That building should have collapsed but didn’t. All the things that could have gone wrong didn’t. Adversity evokes dormant potential within us that could not be awakened otherwise. And if this statement is true for anyone, it’s true for you. Rushing INTO burning buildings. Maintaining composure to return fire when fired upon. Having to talk to relatives after a horrible accident. I’m amazed not only by what you do on a regular basis, but the strength, composure and dedication with which you do it.

There are battles you fight in your individual lives that might make the job pale in comparison. Sometimes “off-duty” things can be just as hard (or harder) to deal with. Departments and communities coming together after a tornado. One officer in my area is fighting cancer, but has been surrounded with love and support from everyone.

It’s been said that no man is an island. Sometimes we forget the impact that our lives have on others. During the holiday season, it can be easy to be discouraged. But every one of us has touched lives that we may never know about. You HAVE made a difference for people.

As I end this note, I’d like to encourage you: Take time to see the difference you have made. Life, with all its ups and downs, is something to be enjoyed and appreciated. And if you have a rough time, your departments may have Employee Assistance Care, Chaplains, Chiefs, supervisors, clergy and/or even friends for guidance and assistance should you need it. I’ll make myself available to help you in any way that I can.

I’ve said it in every email, and every chance I get. I’ve said it to the chiefs and administrators when I contact them. I’ve said it to you on the streets and stores. You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

RIP Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman, killed in the line of duty April 29, 2010.

This morning I learned of the death of Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman. Officer Durman was the first LOD death in a department that gets my emails. So this truly was one of “my guys”. There were other deaths in Ohio, but not in one who gets my holiday emails. So Officer Durman’s death is a little harder for me.

Not that any are not hard for me. Every one gets special treatment. I cut out the name and department and tape it to my cubical overhead. I email the department to express my condolences. It’s not much, but I try to honor them in ways that I can. But officer Durman is different. His picture is there.

Some of you may not be able to understand that. How could the death of a officer I’ve never met affect me so deeply? Is it because he gave his life protecting a city that I’ve driven through hundreds of times, that I still have family in? Is it simply because he was an officer? I think that it is best viewed with a pastor’s heart. He was in my “congregation” every holiday. When he read that email from Dr. Mike, that was the sermon that he heard. He heard me say “You are cared for”. “You are cared about.” “Someone thinks you are important enough to try to find ways to get this email into your hands.”

I hope he didn’t die on that street with that fleeing vehicle the last thing he saw. I hope he wasn’t alone. I hope that when he died, he had people around him that loved him. I hope in those last moments he didn’t wonder if his life mattered. I hope that he had no regrets as he was embraced in the arms of his Savior.