We should always remember all law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty with the highest respect.

Those who have fallen in the line of duty were brave officers who put their lives in harm’s way on a daily basis to protect the citizens of this city and county.

Sadly, many of them were taken from their families way too young at the hands of cold-blooded killers. This is very sad indeed.

We believe that in any chance a citizen has, they should take time out of their day to approach a law enforcement officer and thank them for the valuable service they provide our community on a daily basis.

We’re certainly very proud of the valuable and vital services they provide our city. We also think that its very appropriate that each year their fellow officers gather to honor them at their final resting place.

For years now, Kentucky State Police Post 3 has held annual ceremonies to honor area officers who lost their lives while on duty, laying wreaths at their graves.

On Tuesday, they gathered at Fairview Cemetery to honor their brothers in arms.

Former KSP state trooper and Warren County Sherriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tommy Smith was one of those officers who gathered to pay respects to his father, KSP Trooper Lt. William C. Smith, who was shot Nov. 10, 1972, in Warren County while attempting to serve a warrant on a murder suspect. He died from his injuries April 26, 1973, at age 45.

Lt. Smith was taken from Tommy Smith and his family at way too young an age. But we hope that it gives the family some solace in going to events like this to pay tribute by laying a wreath to honor a man who put his life on the line every day after becoming a state trooper in 1948. It must comfort them to know that events like this will help keep his memory alive.

Ceremonies were also performed at the graves of the following officers: Patrolman James P. Hays and Patrolman Robert Rowland, who were members of KSP’s predecessor agency, the Kentucky Highway Patrol. Hays and Rowland were shot and killed Dec. 21, 1935, while attempting to question two brothers about a stolen automobile at the garage they operated in Franklin. Hays is buried in Cave City, and Rowland is buried in Franklin.

KSP Trooper William Barrett was shot in Warren County in 1971 outside his home in an ambush. The shooting remains unsolved. Barrett is buried in Woodbury, Tenn. KSP Trooper Walter Thurtell, died in a crash in 1972 in Logan County while responding to a call for assistance. He is buried in Adairville. KSP Detective Darrell Phelps, was shot and killed in 1981 while investigating a marijuana growing operation in Edmonson County. Phelps is buried in Butler County.

We salute all of these fallen officers and commend their colleagues for remembering them in this way every year. They would be very proud of them.

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