In honor of national Police Memorial Week, Kentucky State Police honored fallen troopers today who were killed in the line of duty.
Kentucky State Police in the Post-2 dis
trict held a memorial ceremony this morning at the cemetery at Salem Missionary Baptist Church to pay their respects to troopers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
28-year old Trooper Cecil Uzzle was fatally injured in a vehicle wreck on May 28th, 1964, while accompanying Trooper Elmer Mobley Jr., who was also killed while they were both responding to a call for assistance in Pike County.
Officials say Troopers Uzzle and Mobley were fatally injured when their vehicle struck large rocks that fell onto the roadway.
In honor of his service and sacrifice, KY 1460 in Pike County was renamed as Trooper Cecil W. Uzzle Memorial Highway.
State Police also honored 25-year old Trooper Joseph Ward Jr. who died April 23rd, 1973 after he was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating a vehicle collision on the Pennyrile Parkway in Christian County.
Officials say Trooper Ward sacrificed his life by pushing a person out of the path of an oncoming vehicle and on May 24th, 2011 Debbie Ward, accepted the Governor’s Medal of Valor on behalf of her brother-in-law.