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Eric Chrisman embraces Josiah Karsner seconds after Karsner's put-back had lifted Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg past Hendersonville (N.C.) Christian in the semi-finals of the 2008 National Association of Christian Athletes tournament in Tennessee. At left is Greg Hammons. At right is Ryan Andrade.
Ultimate teammate loved by all who knew him

Kentucky lost a good one last week.

Make that a great one that our state lost when Eric Chrisman, a Kentucky State Trooper who was less than six months into his career, died in the line of duty.

Our state lost a great young man who just happened to grow up in Anderson County.

Even though we were distant cousins through our mothers, I didn't really know Eric Chrisman well. I had seen him play basketball when he was attending Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg and really remember only one thing about his career.