Dedication for memorial to fallen conservation officers set for May 17

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Officials will dedicate a memorial to Kentucky’s fallen conservation officers during a ceremony set for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

The memorial is located on the campus of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in Frankfort.

The memorial, a project of the Kentucky Conservation Officers’ Association, honors the six Kentucky conservation officers killed in the line of duty since 1918.

Deputy Game Warden James R. Claxton of Carroll County will be one of the fallen officers honored. He died Dec. 23, 1933, when he and two other wardens served a warrant on a man for using a double-wing net in violation of state game laws, according to a news release. He was 25 years old.

Representatives or family members of each officer will be presented a flag during the ceremony, which will feature representatives of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Honor Guard and the Louisville Police Pipes and Drums. Police agencies around the state are invited to participate in the ceremony.

The memorial features a bronze statue of an officer saluting the likenesses of the fallen officers etched onto individual stone tablets. Indiana sculptor David Kocka created the statue while Kentucky Fish and Wildlife graphic designer Obie Williams designed the memorial itself.

The KFW campus is located west of Frankfort off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ miles west of the U.S. 127 interchange. Visitors should proceed to the Salato Wildlife Education Center at the back of the campus. The memorial is located in front of the center’s entrance.