In memory of Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder, a local school decided to serve those who protect and serve every day by feeding them lunch.
Members of law enforcement from KSP, the McCracken and Graves County sheriff’s offices and Mayfield police visited Symsonia Elementary School Wednesday.
There was more than food on the menu at the elementary school. Students got a chance to get to know the men and women behind the badge.
Amy Archer, the school’s guidance counselor, says that’s the goal. Her husband is a state trooper. She says Ponder’s death has had a big effect on her. “We want to foster good relationships with those people, and our kids, and our community,” Archer added.
Student Emily West didn’t just get to eat lunch with any state trooper. She got to eat with her dad Wednesday. She says she remembers when she heard the news about Ponder. “I started saying a prayer for all those troopers who are working every day because of what's been happening," she said.
KSP Post 1 Trooper John Gordon graduated with Ponder, and attended the lunch at SES. He says he knew support was out there, just not this much.
Archer says the school plans to offer free lunch to members law enforcement on the last Wednesday of each month.