LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Several Kentucky State Police troopers were honored Thursday for their heroic actions at the annual Sworn Award Ceremony.
One sergeant told LEX 18 that this is their way to make sure the hard work of troopers doesn’t go unnoticed.
Sgt. Josh Lawson said it can sometimes be difficult to give troopers the praise he thinks they’ve earned.
“That’s their job. They don’t need any special recognition to do it. But we almost force upon them the recognition that we think they deserve for the jobs they do,” said Lawson.
Dozens of troopers received awards for saving lives or acting bravely at the ceremony.
“We have a lot of young troopers, one, two, three years of service. And so, those are your guys, night shifts working holidays. They’re out there when most people are home with their families or in the bed,” said Lawson.
He said that the winners have also contributed to some of the biggest investigations in the Commonwealth, like Detective of the Year winner Matt Wise, who led the investigation into the Marshall County High School shooting that killed two students.
Countless hours went into that investigation where more digital data was collected than in any other KSP investigation to date.
Lawson said he’ll continue to make sure that those who go above and beyond are recognized.