Lone Officer Honored at Police Memorial

May 9, 2011

The lone police officer killed last year in the Commonwealth was honored today.  His name was added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports…

As police officers stood at attention, Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin recalled the night, just over a year ago, when one of his police officers had been seriously injured by a hit and run driver.

“I got dressed quickly and responded to the hospital to check in our officer, like I’d done so many times before, but this time was different. When I arrived, I learned that he had succumbed to his injuries,” said Bastin.

Officer Bryan Durman was one of 24 peace officers who were added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial.   Some lost their lives in the 1800s. 

As their names were read aloud and a folded American flag was presented to a relative, including the widow of Officer Durman.  Present to honor police officers, living and deceased, was Governor Steve Beshear.

“It’s no small decision to choose this career, and to go out in the world each day to face violence, abuse, hatred, evil, greed and fear in pursuit of your duty.  But, know this, you do not stand alone,” said Beshear.

So far this year, three Kentucky police officers have died in the line of duty.