Trooper First Class Robert Purdy with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) was named 2018 Public Affairs Officer of the Year in a ceremony held last week that recognized 58 KSP troopers and officers for acts of “bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty.”
A 13-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, Trooper Purdy has been with Post 7 in Richmond since his graduation from the police academy in December of 2005. He has served as the post’s public information officer for the last six years.
“I am absolutely humbled and it is a huge honor to be considered for (the award),” he said. “I have been working this position out of Richmond post for six years, has been one of the best experiences I have ever had.”
Governor Matt Bevin along with Justice Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders recognized the officers at the ceremony with all of them expressing their gratitude for the men and women that protect the communities throughout the state.
“We are deeply grateful to each of the brave men and women who put on a Kentucky State Police uniform in service to our Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “Today, it is our distinct honor to recognize some of the KSP troopers and officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their communities. The selfless dedication they have shown is truly inspiring, and we are excited to celebrate their exceptional achievements.”
Sanders shared similar statements of the governor, admiring officers willingness to “answer the call.”
“Often times, the only difference between law and order in the rural areas of Kentucky is the ‘Thin Gray Line’,” he said. “I thank every member of the Kentucky State Police for their service and I thank their family members for allowing them to serve on a daily basis.”
Purdy said that each day he wakes up, he is thankful for his job and all that it entails.
“Every morning that I go to work, I have the opportunity to interact with good people in community and maybe make their life better,” he said. “This job is extremely special and I am thankful for this opportunity. I have amazing colleagues that do great across the state and so this is really neat.”
“Richmond and Madison County are great communities and working at Post 7 has allowed us to set some roots and establish this as our home and it has been fabulous,” he said.
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