Memory of fallen officers honored in west Kentucky

PADUCAH, KY — Family and fellow police officers gathered to remember fallen Paducah police officer William Romain on Wednesday.

Romain was killed in the line of duty in 1917. A foot stone was added to his grave to identify him as a Paducah police officer and mark his end of watch. Family members say it means a lot to know the community is still honoring Romain today.

“We’ve always honored him for what he did, but I think it’s wonderful when the community opens up and does something like this,” said Laura Lambert, a relative of Romain.

Paducah police also honored officers Cal Smith, James Phelps, and Eilliam Poore.

Kentucky State Police also held a memorial service for fallen officers Wednesday. Troopers gathered to place a wreath at the memorial outside KSP Post 1 in Graves County.

On the memorial are the names of troopers Eric Chrisman and Joseph Cameron Ponder, who both died in the line of duty.

After laying the wreath, the troopers headed to Mayfield Memory Gardens to place a wreath at the grave site of Trooper James McNeely.


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