FRANKFORT, KY (12/19/11) – Governor Steve Beshear joined Kentucky State Police in honoring Trooper Stewart (Glen) Franklin with the Guthrie Crowe Award. This award is bestowed upon officers who have sustained a severe wound or injury while serving in the line of duty.
The honor stems from a 1972 incident in Franklin County when Tpr. Franklin was involved in an undercover arrest of a bootlegger. During the arrest, Tpr. Franklin was shot at close range with a .22 caliber revolver causing permanent paralysis to his lower extremities. Franklin remains paralyzed to this day, utilizing a wheel chair for mobility. A native of Shelbyville, Ky., Franklin was assigned to KSP Post 12 in Frankfort at the time of the incident.
Governor Beshear joined Commissioner Brewer and other KSP officers in honoring Trp. Franklin.
“With great service comes great sacrifice,” Gov. Beshear said. “Safeguarding Kentuckians and Kentucky communities is a critical service and today I am proud to honor Trp. Franklin for his tremendous bravery and efforts in protecting the citizens of this state.”
During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer reminded attendees of the living sacrifice many troopers face each day.
“We are quick to recognize our fallen troopers and place their photos and names in hallowed locations throughout our buildings,” said Brewer. “This is a great opportunity to recognize those who have lived with injury and excruciating pain as a result of their service.”
Information provided by Stu Recke (KSP)
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