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By LORRIE KINKADE
The Trimble Banner
Two Kentucky State Police troopers from Trimble County were honored recently for their support of Trooper Island.
Trooper Island is a free camp for Kentucky children ages 10-12, offering activities such as volleyball, swimming, archery and marksmanship, as well as providing positive role models.
For their contributions to the camp, Troopers Seth Willis received a Certificates of Appreciation; Trooper Chip Perry was named 2008 KSP Public Affairs Officer of the Year.
“I was completely surprised,” Perry said of the honor. “I was told that this was voted on and was based not only on my [fund-raiser raffle] ticket sales, but for going ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ for Trooper Island. ... It was not expected.”
Likewise, Willis said the acknowledgement was “a very pleasant and unexpected surprise.”
Both lawmen have participated in a variety of activities this year to promote the camp, from selling the raffle tickets to helping identify children who would benefit from the camp, and providing transportation to and from the Dale Hollow Lake campground.
KSP Lt. Phil Crumpton said the efforts of Perry and Willis to promote the camp's mission made them stand out among all KSP employees who have worked on camp projects this year.
“We have a very good group of people working hard for Trooper Island, not just in raising money, but also in identifying children who will benefit from the experience," Crumpton said. "Both of these men have done an outstanding job and deserved the honor.”
Prior to joining KSP in 1989, Perry was a military policeman for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and an officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory for three year. Willis has been a trooper with the agency for more than four years, recently serving as interim public affairs officer while Perry was on medical leave.
Perry sold the winning ticket at the fair. Out of 14,100 tickets sold, one purchased by Timothy Kunk of Ekron, Ky., was drawn for the 2008 Ford Mustang provided by Earl Floyd Ford of Carrollton.
“Jason Stevenson with Earl Floyd Ford supplied the Mustang this year at a greatly reduced price, including some out of his own pocket,” Perry said.