(Richmond, KY.) - On October 1, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed into public law a joint resolution of the 87th Congress designating May 15 as Police Officer’s Memorial Day in honor of federal, state, and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Each year, the calendar week in which May 15 falls is called "Police Week." The 2011 National Peace Officer’s Memorial Week has been designated May 13-19, 2012.
During this week fallen officers from across the country will be honored in both public and private ways.
As a part of the Kentucky State Police’s annual observance of this somber time, wreaths will be placed on the graves of the 26 who died in the line of duty while serving this great Commonwealth.
The final resting place of two of those brave men is in Madison County. (Below is a brief description of how each died.)
Richmond Post personnel will place a wreath at the grave of Trooper Clinton Cunningham at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Madison County Memorial Gardens in Richmond, Kentucky.
Richmond Post personnel will place a wreath at the grave of Trooper William E. Tevis at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Richmond Cemetery in Richmond, Kentucky.
Trooper William E. Tevis, age 31, was fatally shot May 26, 1963, while assisting another trooper with the arrest of a suspected drunk driver. He was assigned to London Post and had served with the Kentucky State Police for four years. In honor of his service and sacrifice, KY 461 in Pulaski County has been designated the Trooper William E. Tevis Memorial Highway.
Trooper Clinton E. Cunningham, age 29, died February 11, 1979 after being ambushed in Franklin County. He was shot in the back while investigating a false report of a break-in at a store on US 127 north of Frankfort. The perpetrator was caught and prosecuted. Trooper Cunningham was assigned to the Frankfort Post and had served with the Kentucky State Police for three years. In honor of his service and sacrifice, KY 1986 in Madison County has been designated the Trooper Clinton Cunningham Memorial Highway.