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Children of Local Law Enforcement Officers Awarded Scholarships

College scholarships totaling $48,000 have been awarded to 26 Kentucky students by the Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarship endowment.

Seven recipients are from Northern Kentucky.

Three $5,000 scholarships were awarded to surviving children of Kentucky officers who died in the line of duty. They include children of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington (end of watch, Dec. 20, 1988), Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Cammack (end of watch, April 23, 2000), and Jessamine County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Walls (end of watch, Nov. 13, 2001).

The remaining recipients, which includes one Kentucky dispatcher and 22 dependents of Kentucky officers and dispatchers, were awarded $1,500 scholarships.

Healy was a founding member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, which was established in 1999. The foundation’s original purpose was to build a memorial that would honor all Kentucky officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Once the monument was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include a financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency relief.

In 2004, the foundation created the scholarship program to help law enforcement officers, dispatchers and their families pay for college. It is restricted to law enforcement officers and dispatch personnel (current, retired or disabled) and their survivors or dependents. The scholarships may be used at any accredited college or university, including two-year and community colleges and may also be used for attendance at recognized or certified vocational or trade schools. Students do not have to major in law enforcement or criminal justice to be eligible for the scholarship.

After his death in 2009, the scholarships were named in honor of Healy’s dedication to the foundation.

“The goal of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has always been to honor and help the officers of this state,” said KLEMF Executive Director Drexel Neal. “I cannot think of a better way to honor the fallen heroes of the past and our officers of today than to help educate their survivors, their comrades and their dependents for a better future.”

Applications for the Healy scholarships are due annually in March and are reviewed by the KLEMF Board of Directors. 

The 2019 scholarship recipients from Northern Kentucky are:

Jessica Allen, Union 
Daughter of Florence Police Lt. Roger Allen 
Gateway Community and Technical College

Clare Butler, Independence 
Daughter of Kenton County Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Butler 
University of Mississippi

Haley Butler, Independence 
Daughter of Kenton County Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Butler 
University of Louisville

Katelyn Hagedorn, Dry Ridge 
Daughter of Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Hagedorn 
Northern Kentucky University

Nathan Millson, Burlington 
Son of Boone County Sheriff’s Lt. Aaron Millson 
University of Louisville

John David Pattison, Burlington 
Son of Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Pattison 
Eastern Kentucky University

Megan Tobergte, Florence 
Daughter of Boone County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer David Tobergte 
Northern Kentucky University

-Staff report

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