Kentucky State Trooper Remembered 50 Years After his Death

Kentucky State Police Troopers stand at parade rest as part of the wreath laying ceremony for Trooper J. Ward who was killed in the line of duty.

National Police Week honors the men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line with the purpose of serving and protecting the nation’s citizens. This solemn occasion gives an opportunity for the nation to come together to support the fallen officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

On the morning of Thursday, May 18, Kentucky State Police Troopers honored Trooper Joseph Ward Jr.

Tpr. Ward was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle while working an accident scene in Hopkins County. Tpr. Ward was laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery, just over a mile south of Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Grant County.

During the ceremony, a speech was delivered by Tpr. David Jones of Post 6. Just before the ceremony a family member of Tpr. Ward and other Post 6 troopers shared stories of Ward’s dedication to his profession, his compassion for others and the impact he had on the lives of those he served.

The wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Ward during National Police Week was a poignant and moving tribute to a fallen hero. It underscored the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and provided an opportunity for the community to come together in solidarity.


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