FRANKFORT, KY (12/16/11)—Beginning at 10am (CST) on Monday, December 19th, members of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commissioner Rodney Brewer, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and other supportive officials, will hold a special awards ceremony at 1220 Versailles Road in Frankfort, KY honoring injured KSP Trooper, Stewart “Glen” Franklin.
Along with receiving the Guthrie Crowe Award, Trooper Franklin will also receive a “special surprise” award during the ceremony.
Named after the first commissioner of the KSP, the Guthrie Crowe Award is bestowed on officers of the agency who sustain a wound or severe injury in the performance of duty.
As the KSP’s Commissioner Brewer explains of Trooper Franklin via his online blogspot page, “Assigned to the Frankfort Post, Glen began the arduous task of learning the many facets of becoming an effective trooper during his first year of employment. His childhood dreams had been realized. He had made it. He was living the dream of being a Kentucky State Trooper.
“Those dreams were shattered on November 26, 1972, when Glen was gunned down while attempting to make an undercover bootleg buy in Franklin County. Although he survived the incident, the prognosis was quick and sobering: Trooper Glen Franklin would never walk again. He would be confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.”
Of his first time meeting Trooper Franklin and his wife, Janice Franklin, Commissioner Brewer recalls that, “I was immediately struck by the warmth and genuineness of this couple. After nearly forty years in a wheelchair, it would be easy to understand if Glen had become bitter and resentful of the obstacles that life had thrown his way. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Glen was upbeat and still maintained his sense of humor from years past.
“Despite his physical challenges, Glen and his wife still live and maintain a working farm in the edge of Franklin County. They recently completed the adoption process of their grandson who they had helped raise and who had encountered numerous problems of abuse while growing up. It was apparent that Glen had made the decision to live life to it’s fullest with the hand of cards he had been dealt.”
To view the entire post by Commissioner Brewer, click here.
To find out more information regarding this special ceremony, please contact Public Affairs at the KSP Headquarters by phone at (502) 782-1800 or via fax at (502) 573-1616.
Information and photo provided by the Kentucky State Police and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer
Posted by Luke Short—SurfKY News
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