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Tribute to fallen KSP trooper grows into effort to help his family

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The decal being displayed on Adam Cox's race car, a 1999 Mustang. (Submitted photo) The decal being displayed on Adam Cox's race car, a 1999 Mustang. (Submitted photo)
The stickers measure approx 5.5 x 3.5-inches and can be picked up at four locations for a $10 donation. All proceeds go to Ponder's family. The stickers measure approx 5.5 x 3.5-inches and can be picked up at four locations for a $10 donation. All proceeds go to Ponder's family.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It started out as a small tribute to honor fallen Kentucky State Police trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder -- and has grown into something much bigger.

Adam Cox of Fisherville is getting ready to participate in the 17th Annual NMRA World Finals next week (Oct. 1-4) in Bowling Green. It’s a drag racing event that attracts between 500-700 drivers and thousands of spectators each year.

“Like many people, I was saddened to hear about the death of Trooper Ponder,” Cox told WDRB News on Thursday. “We have a huge race coming up and I initially just wanted to put a sticker on my car to recognize the fallen officer and pay respect to his family.”

Cox called a friend, Chip Hammond, a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, who helped design the decal. He then sent a picture of the his car to some friends.

“The next thing you know it’s on Facebook and it’s being shared a few hundred times and people started to ask me if they could get a sticker and I couldn’t really say no. And now, it’s kind of overwhelming. So many people want to honor this fallen officer.”

Cox asked his friend, Joe Bohannon of A Plus Signs and Screenprinting in Shepherdsville, if he could print the stickers and ordered 100 – purchasing them with his own money.

They were gone within a few hours.

Cox then enlisted the help of his mother and father-in-law, who own three Glaser Collision Centers in Shepherdsville, Jeffersontown and Audubon Park. They purchased a second order.

"I had no idea so many people would be interested," Cox said. "It's been amazing."

The stickers are available for a $10 donation – with all proceeds going to Ponder’s family, who is in the process of setting up a memorial fund in his name. The family says they will use the memorial fund to support initiatives and programs that their son loved, including the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island -- a summer camp for underprivileged children.

Brenda and Allan Tiffany, Cameron Ponder’s mother and stepfather, told WDRB News on Thursday they are “so appreciative for all that is being done” to honor their son.

“To put a flag on his car to honor our son is overwhelming in itself, he doesn't even know Cameron," Allan Tiffany said. "It just touches us. It shows that there is still good out there. It means a lot to the family."

“This is such a difficult time for us, but we are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support those in the community has shown us,” Allan Tiffany said. "It's hard to put into words, if you want to talk about all the people who tag word the word hero out here -- he was truly a hero. Truly a hero."

Brenda and Allan Tiffany traveled to Trigg County -- the southwestern part of the state where Cameron Ponder was assigned. The family heard many stories of how their son had an impact on many lives. 

"There was a young girl of 17 come out there and said what he did saved her life and she's alive today because of him crossing her path," Allan Tiffany said. 

His parents are hoping some good will come from their son's death. 

"I'm just tired of seeing the disrespect the police force is getting in this country," Allan Tiffany said. 

"You know you see an officer out say thank you for your service. That doesn't happen enough," Cox said.

Ponder, 31, a native of Rineyville, was shot and killed following a traffic stop Sept. 13 in southwestern Kentucky. He was a Navy veteran who had been on the state police force less than a year.

In you would like to purchase one of the stickers, you can visit one of three Glaser Collision Center locations or you can stop by WDRB News.

Here are the addresses:

Glaser's Collision Center, 10820 Penion Drive in Jeffersontown; Glaser's Collision Center, 177 Rogers Drive in Shepherdsville; Glaser's Collision Center, 3331 Preston Highway in Louisville and WDRB News, 624 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

You can also visit the following page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ponder954

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