Governor's Medal of Valor presented to family of KSP trooper killed in 1965


Governor's Medal of Valor

was presented posthumously to

Delano G. Powell

, a Kentucky State Trooper killed in the line of duty in 1965, at a ceremony held in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown presented the award to Powell's widow and niece, Barbara Teague and Phyllis McGuire of Campbellsburg, Ky. on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Governor's Medal of Valor is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer of the Kentucky State Police for conspicuous heroism in the line of duty under circumstances of extreme personal hazard. It is awarded only by order of the Governor.

Including Tpr. Powell, 18 Kentucky State Troopers have been awarded the medal since 1973.

Powell was 28 years old and had been a trooper for 18 months, when he was shot and killed on July 8, 1965 while attempting to serve a warrant in Breathitt County. The perpetrator was later apprehended and convicted.

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