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5K sets off in honor of fallen trooper

Posted at 9:01 AM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 09:01:08-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — It has been four years since Kentucky State Trooper Eric Chrisman was killed in the line of duty. Since his death, family and friends have gathered every year in Frankfort for a 5K in his honor.

Trooper Chrisman was only on the force for about six months, but Saturday is a good example of how the law enforcement community ensures his life and service are remembered forever.

In late June 2015, Chrisman, who was 23, was responding to a reckless driver complaint in western Kentucky when his cruiser struck a tractor trailer.

Soon after his death, a flagpole was erected at the site of the collision. This past summer, troopers placed a wreath in remembrance of Chrisman's life and sacrifice with the words "Everyone is Family." This was a phrase that Chrisman lived out during his professional and personal life.

The Eric Chriman Memorial 5K has been scheduled to set off around 9 a.m. on Saturday and the proceeds will go toward The Eric Chrisman Scholarship Fund and KSP's Trooper Island.