By Rachel Dove
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – In commemoration of National Police Officers Memorial Week, the Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville will honor fallen troopers on Tuesday.
Listed below are names of troopers who died in the line of duty that were stationed at Post 9:
Trooper Jerome S. Clifton, 30, was fatally shot Oct. 1, 1980, while attempting to arrest a shooting suspect in a domestic disturbance incident in Pike County. Clifton was assigned to Post 9 Pikeville and was a nine-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. He is buried at Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel in Floyd County, Ky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, the U.S. Highway 23 railroad bridge between Allen and Dwale has been designated the Trooper Jerome “Butch” Clifton Memorial Bridge.
Trooper Johnny Adkins, Post 9, Pikeville, died as a result of injury suffered on Nov. 19, 1995, while attempting to arrest a suspect in Martin County. He is buried at Saltwell Cemetery in Inez, Ky.
Trooper Jonathan Leonard, 28, was involved in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 119 at Sidney. Leonard was assigned to Post 9, Pikeville, and had served with the Kentucky State Police for three years. In honor of his service and sacrifice, Ky. 468 in Pike County was named the “Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard Highway” in June 2008.
KSP Post 9 will conduct a wreath presentation at the burial site of each fallen trooper. Friends, family and co-workers of the fallen troopers are welcome to attend. Contact Trooper Shaun Little at 606-433-7711 for times and locations.
Kentucky State Police will also be presenting wreaths at the grave sites of Sgt. Larry Prater, final resting place Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky.; Detective Joey Howard, final resting place Howard Family Cemetery Knott County, Ky.; Tpr. Larry Preston, final resting place Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, Ky.; Tpr. Rick Conn, final resting place Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky.; and Tpr. Alex Rubado, final resting place Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, Ky.