LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police want to honor fallen officers at their new training facility with a bronze sculpture. A fundraising effort is underway to create the lasting tribute to those that have died in the line of duty.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer is ready to hike the Grand Canyon to collect pledges for the project.  He has been training all summer and embarks on the 25 mile hike on August 22, 2014.

He and Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miniard will use their own vacation days and money to help with the fundraising effort. It's called The Trooper Project and it will help raise money for a 7 1/2 foot bronze statue.

During the hike, Commissioner Brewer says a card will be placed in his backpack. It contains the names and faces of the 27 KSP troopers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Through the hike, they hope to not only raise awareness, but also $100,000 dollars to make the memorial a reality.  If fundraising is a success, they hope to unveil the memorial next May for police officer memorial week.

After much planning and research, Benjamin Victor, a sculptor, was located in South Dakota.  At 35, Mr. Victor is the only living sculptor to have two statues in the United States Capitol.  His impressive and detailed works are displayed with pride across the world.  He is currently working on the preliminary design of a seven and a half foot bronze sculpture of a Kentucky State Trooper that will take into account every detail that makes our uniform the historic and iconic symbol that it is.  When completed, the sculpture will set in the middle of the academy courtyard on a custom granite base.

The Kentucky State Police Professional Association (KSPPA) is helping to coordinate fundraising.  A few corporations are giving money.   "The Trooper Project" will memorialize those who have served and those who will serve tomorrow and those who gave their lives in defense of our state.


Donations can be made to:

KSPPA--The Trooper Project

Kentucky State Police Professional Association

633 Chamberlin Way

Frankfort, Kentucky. 40601

All contributions are tax deductible.  

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