Fallen officers remembered at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial
"It's my hope and prayer that it'll continue to be fresh in our minds as we pray for the family members themselves that we not forget."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In a somber service in Frankfort, Kentucky's fallen heroes were honored for their sacrifice in uniform.
"Officer Rhoads, Officer Ellis, Troopers Chrisman and Ponder, these are names that are fresh in our minds," Gov. Matt Bevin said. "It's my hope and prayer that it'll continue to be fresh in our minds as we pray for the family members themselves that we not forget."
It was a day to celebrate the lives of four men who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial at Eastern Kentucky University now has four more names added, officers who were killed in 2015.
"My son loved serving, and I wouldn't have taken that away from him for anything," said Ponder, Cameron Ponder's father. "His duty was to serve God first, and he served his country first, and then he served Kentucky."
Cameron was shot and killed following a traffic stop in September in southwestern Kentucky. The Navy veteran had been on the KSP force for less than a year. It's been a difficult several months for his family.
"It's hard to express how much love has been show to us," Joe Ponder said.
Each family was presented a folded flag during the ceremony. They held it close to their hearts, listening to "My Old Kentucky Home."
"There is not a day that I go by ... a day that officers here go by ... that they don't think of your family members', the sacrifices you've made by giving your members of your family to protect each and everyone one of us," said Mark Filburn, Commissioner of the Department Criminal Justice Training.
Five other Kentucky officers killed in the line of duty between 1893 and 2013 were also honored. The total number of names on the memorial is now at 534.
"It's just a beautiful thing that Kentucky loves their peace officers and their first responders," Joe Ponder said."And it means the world to us that we've been shown this amount of respect and all the prayers and all the support we've been given."
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