Kentucky trooper remembered as hero at funeral
Hundreds of police officers have filed past the flag-draped coffin of a Kentucky state trooper who was shot and killed during a high-speed chase in western Kentucky.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was remembered as a hero at his funeral Friday at a Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Law officers from across Kentucky and the country paid their respects to the 31-year-old Ponder, a decorated Navy veteran who had been on the state police force less than a year.
Hundreds of Ponder’s state police comrades and other law officers stood at attention as his coffin was placed in a hearse to be carried to a veterans cemetery.
State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer remembered Ponder as a hero "in the truest sense of the word – not just because of how he died but more importantly how he lived his life."
Brewer said Ponder lived a life "full of purpose and meaning and direction and sacrifice."