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Stepfather of slain KSP Trooper: 'He was the most caring person'

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Caring with candles, and showing their love through light, hundreds in Hardin County gathered to honor fallen KSP Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Wednesday night.

Ponder graduated from North Hardin High School in 2002 and friends, family and fellow officers crowded onto the football field there to remember him.

“He was bigger than his actual heart,” Ponder’s childhood friend Aaron Coney said. “Everything about him says what the community is doing.”

His classmates, colleagues and strangers all came to pay their respects, saying prayers and singing songs in honor of the trooper who was shot and killed Sunday night.

The 31-year-old’s stepfather was one of the first to speak.

“If you ever met him, his handshake told it all. He’d look you in the eye and he’d shake your hand with a grip. He was that kind of person. I don’t care who it was, where it was, anytime – he was the most caring person,” Ponder’s step father, Allan Tiffany, said.

Ponder was shot and killed Sunday during a traffic stop in Western Kentucky. The suspect was later shot and killed by police.

“You come out here to something like this and you actually look and see that there is the support out there and everyone’s here to support the police – especially a tragedy like this,” said LMPD Officer Bradley Jones.

Ponder ran track at North Hardin High School and was known to his friends and family as Cameron. Those who knew him -- and even complete strangers -- say the attack on Cameron was an attack on everyone.

“With a lot of anger and everything going on towards law enforcement nowadays, this means a lot to see the community coming together like this,” Larry Meyer, with the Ky. Blue Knights, said.

 “The people here actually don’t take away it’s what they bring and that they bring a show of support for the family and to all those who continue to serve in law enforcement,” Eric Johnson, with Supporting Heroes, said.

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