Law Enforcement Commendation Medals Presented Today

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter had the honor of presenting two Law Enforcement Commendation Medals today.

Ronald L. “Ronnie” Murphy

The first presentation was at 1:00  in Eddyville, Kentucky, at the Lyon County Courthouse.  Compatriots Geoff Baggett, Steve Mallory, Tony Ramey, and Gary Thompson presented a posthumous award to the family of Ronald L. “Ronnie” Murphy, former sheriff of Lyon County, who passed away last year.

Mr. Murphy was a 1954 graduate of Butler High School in Princeton where he served as the class president. He loved and lived law enforcement. He retired as a Sergeant for the Kentucky State Police Force after 26 years of service. He was former sheriff of Lyon County for five years and was even serving as a deputy for the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department at the time of his passing. He also served as an honorary Alabama State Trooper, serving as a body guard for Gov. George Wallace in 1968.

Receiving the award were his widow, Clara Orange Murphy, and children, Kevin Murphy (current Lyon County Sheriff), Kent Murphy, and Kim Glass.

pictures (l to r) Kim Glass,  George Glass, Kent Murphy, Clara Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Mrs. Clara Orange Murphy, and Compatriots Geoff Baggett, Steve Mallory, Tony Ramey, and Gary Thompson

pictures (l to r) Kim Glass, George Glass, Kent Murphy, Clara Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Mrs. Clara Orange Murphy, and Compatriots Geoff Baggett, Steve Mallory, Tony Ramey, and Gary Thompson

Resource Officer Dave Colbert

The second presentation was at 2:00 at the Trigg County High School in Cadiz.  Compatriot Dennis Adams presented the medal to Trigg County Schools Resource Officer Dave Colbert during the annual High School Awards Day Ceremony in front of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and family members.

Dave started his law enforcement career in 1975. First, in the community of Hammond, Indiana, he served as an officer, and a Detective Sergeant, working to solve violent crimes. He worked in a special Gang Investigations Unit, attended the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and was assigned to the FBI Northwest Indiana Gang Task Force.  He also served as SWAT team leader from 1997 until 2007.

He retired from his first career in Law Enforcement in 2007, then began his second career in 2008 when he relocated to Cadiz to serve as the School Resource Officer for the Cadiz Police Department. He is known, trusted, loved, and respected by all who encounter him in our schools.

Compatriot Dennis Adams presents the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Resource Officer Dave Colbert

Compatriot Dennis Adams presents the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Resource Officer Dave Colbert

 

 

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