GRAND RIVERS, KY -
Funeral arrangements have been set for Kentucky State Trooper Eric Chrisman. The Kentucky State Police said he's the first trooper to die in the line of duty for Post 1.
The tone was somber Wednesday morning as troopers set up a memorial at KSP Post 1 in Mayfield. They put a picture of Chrisman and flowers on a state police cruiser, along with a wreath in his memory.
KSP also flew their flag at half-staff. They weren't the only ones. The McCracken County Courthouse and jail flew flags at half-staff Wednesday for Trooper Chrisman.
Chrisman died Tuesday night in a crash on Highway 62 near Grand Rivers, KY. Reports indicate he was responding to a call about a reckless driver when he lost control of his car on a curve and crossed into the path of a semi. He died at the scene at the age of 23.
Wednesday morning KSP went back to mark the scene as part of a crash reconstruction. Investigators said they've finished and are now going to inspect the two vehicles involved.
Chrisman was a Lawrenceburg native and a Western Kentucky University graduate. Those close to him say it was his dream to go to the Kentucky State Police Academy. His high school basketball coach, Cory Robinson from Lawrenceburg Christian Academy, says he'll be remembered for his love of life and faith in God.
“From the time I met him until now, he was so full of joy. I think the biggest thing about him was his smile. He smiled constantly. Good times, bad times, he always found a way to smile,” Robinson said.
Chrisman graduated from the KSP Academy in January. He lived in Eddyville and went to First Baptist Church Eddyville Inc.
Pastor Tim Perdue said Chrisman attended Sunday morning services pretty often and was just starting to become involved with the church community. Perdue said he didn't know the trooper very well, but saw him as a likable, sweet, and outgoing guy.
Funeral Services for Trooper Eric Chrisman have been announced by Ricthie and Peach Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Visitation will be Sunday, June 28, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Monday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service immediately after.
Both the visitations and the funeral will be conducted at Ninevah Christian Church on Ninevah Road in Lawrenceburg. The burial will follow at Sand Spring cemetery, with full Kentucky police honors.