Updated 6 months ago by Bianca Spinosa
This week law enforcement is remembering those killed in the line of duty. Wednesday afternoon, the Kentucky State Police Frankfort post held ceremonies for three fallen Kentucky state troopers.
Troopers placed blue and yellow wreaths in their memory. Through song and prayer at the gravesites of their loved ones, the families of the troopers killed in the line of duty reflect. In 1948, Jeanie Toll Cantrell was only seven-years-old and her brother was nine-years-old when she found out her father, Trooper Harold Toll, had been killed in a car crash while responding to a call in Anderson County. He was only 34 years old. On the first Christmas after he died, troopers brought the children bicycles.
"My brother was twenty-one months older than I was, and he's named after my dad. He taught me how to ride a bicycle. Police have been really good to us. They've never forgotten us," says Jeanie Toll Cantrell.
The Frankfort post also remembered Trooper Bobby McCoun. In 1975, he was was 23-years-old when he died in an accidental shooting at the Pikeville Jail. His nephew is named after the uncle he never got a chance to meet.
"It's an honor to be named after him. We take for granted what they do. We do something like this to remember the sacrifices they all make," says nephew Bobby McCoun
And a third wreath stands in front of the Frankfort post honoring Trooper James McNeely who in 1972 drowned trying to save someone in the Kentucky River in Franklin County. His body was never found.
The families told LEX18 it meant so much to them that after all these years their sacrifices have always been honored and remembered.
In Frankfort, a memorial lists the names of the twenty-six troopers who have died in the line of duty.