Community remembers, mourns fallen KSP trooper Ponder
Since Trooper Cameron Ponder’s shooting death, people across the Local 6 area are showing their support in different ways.
The men and women at KSP Post 1 who worked with Ponder are in the middle of their grieving process. This is the second time this post has endured the loss of one of their own and the troopers are displaying a patrol car to remember Ponder.
The troopers say they do want to share their memories about their coworker, but they wanted to take time to remember and reflect privately.
The parking lot at Kentucky State Police Post 1 has been full all day. Different agencies, churches, school groups —everyone wanted to pay their respects and lend a hand to those grieving.
Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell says her city wanted to stand in support, too. The city replaced one of its flags with the blue and black striped mourning flag, flying at half staff out of respect.
"We just want them to know that we know they’re a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and we want to be a part of that. And we want to show the community we’re a part of that," Rochetti-Cantrell.
And those in the community are showing their respects publicly on the backs of their car windows by placing blue painter’s tape across the middle.
For a post where troopers have wrapped their badges in black mourning bands again, they say it’s all they can do to keep themselves together and continue to serve in Ponder’s honor.
The troopers and dispatchers met with their Employee Assistance Group as part of grief counseling. Trooper First Class Jay Thomas told me their sister post, Post 2, is helping to send some people to cover shifts and responsibilities, especially with Ponder’s visitation and funeral later this week.
The Station Burger Company will host a fundraiser in honor of Ponder on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Murray and Paducah locations. Twenty percent of the proceeds and all donations will be given to Ponder’s family.