Updated 10 months ago by Josh Breslow
The family of a Kentucky State Police trooper killed in a crash Tuesday night says he was living his dream of working in law enforcement.
25-year-old Anson Tribby, a Mason County native better known to family and friends as Blake, died when investigators say his pickup collided with a flatbed wrecker near mile marker 99 on I-64 in Clark County.
"He was a very special person," the trooper's grandmother, Sara Tribby told LEX 18. "If he saw somebody on the side of the road, he didn't go the other way. He changed their tires or helped them."
The 25-year-old had put his talents to good use, working as a trooper with the Kentucky State Police post in Morehead for more than two years.
"He was living his dream. That's what he wanted to do," Tribby's grandmother said.
The 25-year-old was a graduate of Mason County High School and then the University Of Kentucky. He came from a family of law enforcement. His father served with the Maysville Police Department for almost two decades, before becoming the Mason County Jailer. His grandfather was an officer in Washington DC.
"He and his father were really close these last few years because he was like a mentor to Blake," his grandmother said, going on to say that people in the community loved him. "They would come up to me and they'd say, 'I love Blake. Blake stopped by to see us the other day and we had ice cream out on the porch. We just love Blake'... and that's what I heard everywhere. He was just a great kid."
Though Tribby had married and moved to Montgomery County, his grandmother said he still came around all of the time and was a devoted family man.
"Before he left, he would kiss me and he would hug me," she told LEX 18. "He was just special. Just special."
Though funeral arrangements have not been finalized, Tribby's grandmother told LEX 18 that services will be held in Mason County.