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With Honor

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Community remembers Johnny Edrington.

By Calen McKinney

 

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They paused, to remember and say thank you.

Last year, there were 105 state troopers killed in the United States while working in the line of duty. As of May 16, there have been 45 this year.

In 1988, one of the troopers killed was Johnny Edrington of Campbellsville. And each Memorial Day, KSP Post 15 officials organize a service to remember Edrington.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory said the purpose of Friday's ceremony was to pause and remember Edrington's life and say thanks for his service.

"Twenty-six years ago, Johnny Edrington lost his life," Gregory said, as many of Edrington's family members gathered behind him as KSP and local law enforcement officers watched. "Today we gather to honor the sacrifice Johnny made."

Edrington, 34, was shot and killed Dec. 21, 1988, during a traffic stop on KY 80 seven miles west of London in Laurel County. No suspect has been apprehended.

Edrington was assigned to Post 11 London and served with the KSP for three years.  His wife, Diane, survived. At the time of Edrington's death, she was expecting the couple's first child, Callie.

Edrington is buried in Brookside Cemetery, the site of Friday's service.

Gregory read the trooper creed, which ends with, "In the name of service and sacrifice, I am a Kentucky State trooper."

Ending the service in prayer, Gregory said thanks for the beauty of life and the blessings that people overlook.

He prayed that people "pay attention to the small details of our lives," and "see the greater good in all."

He asked that God bless the Edrington family, "as they continue to endure life without him.

"I pray that they remember what was," he said. "And we will never forget what he did for our lives."

U.S. 68 in Taylor County has been named the Trooper Johnny M. Edrington Memorial Highway in Edrington's honor.

Anyone with information about Edrington's death is asked to call KSP Post 15 at (270) 384-4796.