The Kentucky State Police honored a number of its officers for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty May 21 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
The following were honored:
■ Senior Trooper Clyde Dingess, who works out of the London post, was named the 2011 Trooper of the Year.
Dingess, of Williamsburg, is an eight-year veteran of the state police and is credited with identifying a scrap-metal dealer who was receiving stolen copper wire in Whitley County, investigating burglary cases that led to the discovery of an illegal pawn shop in Corbin and conducting a methamphetamine investigation that led to federal charges.
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■ Det. Daniel Morck of Madisonville, a member of the force for 10 years, was named 2011 Detective of the Year.
Morck, who made 619 arrests last year, has "taken an active role in seeking out offenders involved in sexual abuse and the exploitation of children on the Internet," according to the news release.
■ Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jeremy Younger, who works out of Georgetown, was named the 2011 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year.
■ Five troopers — Eric Taylor of Richmond; Christopher Hicks of Pikeville; and Joel Abner, Randall Riley and Issac Whitaker, all of Hazard — received the Citation for Bravery.
■ Six troopers received the Lifesaving Medal. They are: Thomas Clifton, Alison Ramsey and Jonathon Ward, all from the Mayfield post; Edward Whitworth of Frankfort; Robert Purdy, who works in recruitment; and Jason McCowan, who works in special operations.
■ The following officers were given the Citation for Meritorious Service with "V" Device for Valor: Seth Lee, Daniel Propes, Justin Spears and John Ward, all from the Elizabethtown post; Nathaniel Day, who works in commercial vehicle enforcement out of Georgetown; Roger Gabbard of the Pikeville post; Randall Coots of Hazard; Raymond Engle, who is retired from the Hazard post; and Thomas Walsh of Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West.
Eighteen troopers were named Trooper of the Year at the post, branch or division level: Bradley Ramsey, Mayfield; Jeffrey M. Ayres, Madisonville; Charles White, Bowling Green; Peter Binkley, Elizabethtown; James Mitchell, Campbellsburg; Scott Allen, Dry Ridge; Toby Coyle, Richmond; Anson Tribby, Morehead; James Goble, Pikeville; Jason Young, Harlan; Clyde Dingess, London; Jeremy Devasher, Frankfort; John Hollon, Hazard; Shane Goodall, Ashland; Robert Maxwell, Columbia; Aaron Pryor, Henderson; James Sandlin, Special Operations Branch; and Mack Rayburn, Administrative Division.
■ Nineteen officers were named Detective of the Year at the post, branch or division level. They include: John Sims, Mayfield; Daniel Morck, Madisonville; James C. Winn, Bowling Green; John Stroop, Elizabethtown; Kevin Johnson, Campbellsburg; Scott Lengle, Dry Ridge; Roger Short, Richmond; Virgil Rucker, Morehead; Brian Lee, Pikeville; Edward Abner, Harlan; William Boyd, London; Alfred Calhoon, Frankfort; Clayton Stamper Jr., Hazard; Christopher Carter, Ashland; Russell Decker, Columbia; Matthew Wise, Henderson; Hector Alcala, East Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations; John Williams, West Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations; and John R. Morgan, Electronic Crime Branch.
■ Six commercial vehicle enforcement officers were named Officer of the Year at the region level: Brandon Goodman, Henderson; Dewayne Koch, Louisville; Jeremy Younger, Georgetown; Dennis Jackson, London; Tommy Jones, Morehead; and Kenny Johnson, Pikeville.
■ The KSP Citation for Meritorious Achievement, the state police's highest civilian award, was presented to Breathitt County Sheriff's Deputy Reeve Hudson Jr.
When a man in a wooded area fired on state troopers and a commercial vehicle enforcement officer in the Clayhole community of Breathitt County in May 2011, Hudson returned fire and wounded the man, who was later found dead.