Dedication for memorial to fallen conservation officers set for May 17

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Officials will dedicate a memorial to Kentucky’s fallen conservation officers during a ceremony set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, according to a news release.

The memorial is located on the campus of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in Frankfort.

The memorial, a project of the Kentucky Conservation Officers’ Association, honors the six Kentucky conservation officers killed in the line of duty since 1918, the release said.

Representatives or family members of each officer will be presented a flag during the ceremony, which will feature representatives of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Honor Guard and the Louisville Police Pipes and Drums. Other police agencies from around the state have been invited to participate in the ceremony, according to the release.

The memorial features a bronze statue of an officer saluting depictions of the fallen officers etched onto individual stone tablets. Indiana sculptor David Kocka created the statue while Kentucky Fish and Wildlife graphic designer Obie Williams designed the memorial itself.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus is located west of Frankfort off U.S. 60, approximately 1.5 miles west of the U.S. 127 interchange. A large bronze statue of a deer on a stone pedestal marks the main entrance. Visitors should proceed to the Salato Wildlife Education Center at the back of the campus. The memorial is located in front of the center’s entrance.