The Kentucky State police honored 25 civilian employees at a recent ceremony at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Mary Eastwood of Hanson was named 2009 KSP Civilian Employee of the Year. A 16-year veteran of the agency, Eastwood is an administrative specialist at state police Post 2 in Madisonville. She received the award for her actions during the ice storm in January, when she and her husband provided water and hot meals to troopers who had lost water and power services.
Other awards and recipients include:
Police communications support award: Martha Clark, Post 2-Madisonville; Rebecca Templeton, Post 12, Frankfort; Jeff Knipp, Post 14, Ashland; and Bridget Stone, Post 16, Henderson.
Clerical support service award: Sarah Emmons, KSP Academy Branch, Frankfort; Susan Gardner, Administrative Division, Frankfort; Heather Hibbitts, Vehicle Investigations, Lexington; and Mary Eastwood, Post 2, Madisonville.
Driver testing administrative support award: West Region: Wynne Russell, Louisville. East Region: Mike Adams, Morehead.
Forensic services support award: Laboratory Analyst: Melissa Brown, Central Laboratory Branch, Frankfort. Regional Laboratory Analyst: Megan Aiken, Northern Laboratory Branch, Cold Springs. Forensic Laboratory Supervisor: Beverly Wagoner, Southeast Laboratory Branch, London.
Commercial vehicle support award: Brenda Calhoun, CVE Region 1, Lyon County Weigh Station.
Administrative support service award: Sherry Fitzgerald, Driver Testing Branch, Frankfort; Pat Weick, KSP Supply Branch, Frankfort; Carl "Tom" Koon, Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West, Bowling Green; and Donna Owens, KSP Recruitment Branch, Frankfort.
Administrative support supervisor award: Stacy Woodrum, Financial/Grants Management Branch, Frankfort.
Scientific support service award: Hollie Freeman, AFIS, Criminal Identification & Records Branch, Frankfort.
Computer technology technical support award: Adam Columbia, Communications and Computer Technologies Branch, Frankfort.
Records technical support service award: Graham Gray, Criminal Identification and Records Branch, Frankfort.
Maintenance support service award: David Newhouse, KSP Post 1, Mayfield.
Communications technical support award: Curt Donahoo, Communication & Computer Technologies Branch, Post 16, Henderson.
Properties management and supply technical support service award: Jim Harrod, KSP Supply Branch, Frankfort.
Computers donated to 3 organizations
ConnectKentucky's Computers 4 Kids program donated 20 computers and printers to three community organizations dedicated to educating and protecting Frankfort's youth and families in crisis. The donations, announced at a press conference at Simon House in Frankfort, were made possible by a grant from the AT&T Foundation. Recipients of the donations include:
■ The Kings Center: a non-profit group that provides educational activities, assistance for underprivileged young people and community outreach.
■ The Thornhill Center: a non-profit that helps prepare people for GED and college entrance exams and teaches parenting and English classes.
■ The Simon House: a shelter that offers help to any woman 18 or older who is pregnant or has children as old as 12.