The Richmond Register

May 16, 2013

KSP honors troopers killed in the line of duty

Seth Littrell
Register Staff Report

MADISON COUNTY — On Thursday, retired Kentucky State Police captain Ray Brittain visited the gravesite of William Tevis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1963 and reminisced about when the two once worked together.

Brittain joined several KSP troopers who have been visiting the graves of 26 fallen troopers all week in remembrance of national police week.  

I was there when he was buried,” Brittain said of Tevis. “I worked with him in Adair County out in Columbia before he was transferred to the London Post. It wasn’t long after he went to the London Post that this happened.”

KSP troopers placed a wreath beside Tevis’s grave in the Richmond Cemetery and saluted while the trooper’s creed was recited.

They then stood in silence as a prayer was said over the grave before departing.

Tevis was not the only fallen state trooper from Madison County honored Thursday.

Trooper Clinton Cunningham, who was killed after being ambushed in Franklin County in 1979, was honored earlier in the day.

Mitch Brown, retired KSP trooper who is a major with the Richmond Police Department, read a short eulogy over Cunningham’s grave in Madison County Memorial Gardens.

Also present for Cunningham’s memorial was his mother, Lela Cunningham., and sister, Judy Greene Baker.

Troopers across the state are making similar visits to grave sites. Oftn they are joined by retired members of the force, such as Brittain, coming to honor their old colleagues.

“I’ve been to several of these, unfortunately,” Brittain said. I went to Campbellsville yesterday.”

The wreaths placed next to the graves will remain in place through memorial day.

Seth Littrell can be reached at or 624-6623.