Kentucky State Police Awards Presented In Frankfort

The 2010 Kentucky State Police Trooper of the Year is a 17-year veteran of Post One in far western Kentucky.

Senior Trooper Thomas Williams of Smithland is a busy man. Patrolling I-24 and the Western Kentucky Parkway, he issued more than 2,000 citations last year, including 777 for speeding. He investigated 45 criminal cases and made almost 280 arrests.

“Very humbling. It’s an honor,” he said at the annual KSP awards ceremony in Frankfort. “It’s an honor to even be able to do this.”

KSP veteran Bryan Whittaker of Beaver Dam is the 2010 Detective of the Year. Officer Emily Horton of Warsaw is Officer of the Year for the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Also during the ceremony, troopers were honored for valor, bravery, life-saving acts, safe driving and meritorious service.

(Pictured, left to right, Detective Brian Whittaker, Officer Emily Horton and Senior Trooper Thomas Williams)

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.