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Five Louisville Officers to be Honored at Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Tuesday April 21, 2009

Five Louisville officers, who died between 1862 and 1935, will be honored at the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s annual law enforcement memorial ceremony to be held at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial, located at the DOCJT in front of the John W. Bizzack Law Enforcement Training Complex on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.

Officer Benjamin S. Rust died January 15, 1862.

Lt. Edward B. Harding died December 6, 1885.

Town Marshal Andrew J. Blunk died July 29, 1893.

Officer Walter Vance died August 25, 1927.

Officer John W. Carpenter died April 29, 1935.

The agency will dedicate theirs and 23 other officers’ names on the memorial monument during the ceremony, Monday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m.

Governor Steve Beshear will be the keynote speaker.

Of the 23 other names that have been added to the monument this year and will be dedicated at the ceremony, two are of officers killed in 2008.

Bell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sean Pursifull was killed January 10, 2008, when his parked patrol car was struck by a fleeing suspect. Two juveniles were in the car when the driver crossed the center line and hit the patrol car. Pursifull and his K-9 partner were both killed.

Harlan County Constable Joe E. Howard suffered a fatal heart attack April 1, 2008, shortly after arresting a suspect who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The suspect had to be restrained during the arrest. Constable Howard was later transported to Harlan Hospital where he passed away.

The other 21 lawmen whose names will be dedicated at the memorial ceremony were killed in the line of duty between 1890 and 1993, but their names were not added to the national memorial until recently. The criteria for having a name placed on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial is that it be on the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Those officers’ names are:

Deputy Calloway Carnes, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, died May 4, 1890.

Deputy Floyd Slusher, Leslie County Sheriff’s Office, died March 31, 1892.

Officer Henry Brown, Frankfort Police Department, died February 15, 1896.

Constable Jim Beltzer of Leslie County died June 1, 1899.

Deputy William S. Wright, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died January 30, 1900.

Deputy Marshal Gus Hall, Olive Hill Police Department, died June 25, 1903.

Deputy Mack Roberts, Leslie County Sheriff’s Office, died December 25, 1905.

Constable LR Campbell of Knox County died August 23, 1907.

Deputy Marvin F. Cummings, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, died March 6, 1920.

Chief James Sexton, Ravenna Police Department, died May 27, 1922.

Deputy Frank Phillips, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, died December 13, 1926.

Chief William L. Osborne, Martin Police Department, died October 9, 1927.

Deputy Thomas C. Tackett, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, died December 16, 1929.

Deputy Jason A. Webb, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died December 24, 1931.

Deputy Marion Stapleton, Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, died July 13, 1932.

Deputy Stanley C. Helton, Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, died July 25, 1932.

Deputy Jerry Combs, Breathitt County Sheriff’s Office, died February 5, 1940.

Sheriff James M. Sizemore, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, died June 1, 1969.

Sheriff Raymond Warf, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died October 31, 1970.

Constable Hamilton Ferguson, Sr. of Nelson County died December 2, 1984.

Deputy Poyster Keene, Sr., Pike County Sheriff’s Office, died May 8, 1993.

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial monument is the only monument in the commonwealth that recognizes all Kentucky peace officers who have been killed in the line of duty. This year’s additions bring the total number of names on the monument to 435.

The memorial foundation was established in 1999 to build the unique memorial. Once the memorial was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include an ongoing financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency needs.