05-22-2012

KSP names top personnel for 2011

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky State Police announced the 2011 Trooper of the Year, Detective of the Year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year and other awards for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty Monday at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.

Williamsburg-resident Senior Trooper Clyde Dingess was named 2011 Trooper of the Year. An eight-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 11 in London.

During 2011, Dingess issued 1,208 citations including 217 for speeding, 228 for seatbelt violations and 12 for child restraint violations. He made 315 criminal arrests and 27 DUI arrests.

In addition to his traffic enforcement efforts, Dingess also worked on copper wire theft cases in Whitley County, successfully identifying a scrap metal year that was receiving the stolen wire. His work on burglary cases led to the discovery of an illegal pawn shop in Corbin. He also conducted multiple methamphetamine investigations, one of which resulted in a suspect facing federal charges.

A native of Corbin, Dingess is a 1994 graduate of Whitley Co. High School. He is the son of Roger and Sheila Dingess of Barbourville.

Madisonville-resident Det. Daniel Morck was named 2011 Detective of the Year. A 10-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 2 in Madisonville.

During 2011, Morck had a total of 619 criminal arrests, answered 52 complaints and took part in 97 special details. He has also taken an active role in seeking out offenders involved in sexual abuse and the exploitation of children on the internet.

Because of his efforts, one subject was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing his 16-year-old daughter since she was nine years old. In another case, he was able to secure warrants against a subject for sexual abuse of three victims aged 5, 11 and 13 years old. He also secured a confession from a subject who was found to have 249 child exploitation images in his computer

Morck is the son Bob and Trish Morck of Madisonville.

Frankfort-resident Officer Jeremy Younger was named the 2011 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year for the KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. A two-and-a-half year veteran of the division, Younger serves as a CVE Officer I in Region 3 based in Georgetown.

Younger maintained a high level of activity in 2011, including 332 criminal arrests and 38 citations for driving under influence. He completed 848 commercial motor vehicle safety inspections and 84 hazardous materials inspections. Due to his efforts, 73 drivers and 32 vehicles were placed out of service. He also investigated 37 collisions on Kentucky roadways.

In one incident, Younger stopped a Volvo tractor trailer for a random inspection and discovered that it had been stolen from California several months earlier.

A native of Frankfort, Younger is a 2003 graduate of Western Hills High School and a 2006 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He is the son of Larry and Betty Younger of Frankfort.

The KSP Citation for Bravery, an honor bestowed on officers of the agency who perform acts of bravery, without regard for personal risk, of clear and obvious peril and clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty, was presented to:


Trooper First Class Eric Taylor, Post 7, Richmond

Senior Trooper Christopher Hicks, Post 9, Pikeville

Trooper Joel Abner, Post 13, Hazard

Trooper Randall Riley, Post 13, Hazard

Trooper Issac Whitaker, Post 13, Hazard

The Lifesaving Medal, awarded to officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances, was presented to:

Trooper Thomas Clifton, Post 1, Mayfield

Trooper Alison Ramsey, Post 1, Mayfield

Trooper Jonathon Ward, Post 1, Mayfield

Trooper Edward Whitworth, Post 12, Frankfort

Trooper Robert Purdy, Recruitment

Senior Trooper Jason McCowan, Special Operations

The Citation for Meritorious Service with “V” Device for Valor, bestowed on officers of the agency who distinguish themselves by an act of courage performed under more than ordinary circumstances, was presented to:


Trooper Seth Lee, Post 4, Elizabethtown

Det. Daniel Propes, Post 4, Elizabethtown

Trooper Justin Spears, Post 4, Elizabethtown

Capt. John Ward, Post 4, Elizabethtown

Sgt. Nathaniel Day, CVE Region 5, Georgetown

Sgt. Roger Gabbard, Post 9, Pikeville

Trooper Randall Coots, Post 13, Hazard

Sgt. Raymond Engle (retired), Post 13, Hazard

Sgt. Thomas Walsh, Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West



Eighteen troopers were named Trooper of the Year at the post, branch or division level. They include:


Senior Trooper Bradley Ramsey, Post 1, Mayfield

Trooper Jeffrey M. Ayres, Post 2, Madisonville

Senior Trooper Charles White, Post 3, Bowling Green

Senior Trooper Peter Binkley, Post 4, Elizabethtown

Trooper First Class James Mitchell, Post 5, Campbellsburg

Trooper Scott Allen, Post 6, Dry Ridge

Trooper First Class Toby Coyle, Post 7, Richmond

Trooper Anson Tribby, Post 8, Morehead

Trooper First Class James Goble, Post 9, Pikeville

Senior Trooper Jason Young, Post 10, Harlan

Senior Trooper Clyde Dingess, Post 11, London

Senior Trooper Jeremy Devasher, Post 12, Frankfort

Senior Trooper John Hollon, Post 13, Hazard

Trooper First Class Shane Goodall, Post 14, Ashland

Senior Trooper Robert Maxwell, Post 15, Columbia

Trooper Aaron Pryor, Post 16, Henderson

Senior Trooper James Sandlin, Special Operations Branch

Trooper First Class Mack Rayburn, Administrative Division


Nineteen troopers were named Detective of the Year at the post, branch or division level. They include:

Det. John Sims, Post 1, Mayfield

Det. Daniel Morck, Post 2, Madisonville

Det. James C. Winn, Post 3, Bowling Green

Det. John Stroop, Post 4, Elizabethtown

Det. Kevin Johnson, Post 5, Campbellsburg

Det. Scott Lengle, Post 6, Dry Ridge

Det. Roger Short, Post 7, Richmond

Det. Virgil Rucker, Post 8, Morehead

Det. Brian Lee, Post 9, Pikeville

Det. Edward Abner, Post 10, Harlan

Det. William Boyd, Post 11, London

Det. Alfred Calhoon, Post 12, Frankfort

Det. Clayton Stamper, Jr., Post 13, Hazard

Det. Christopher Carter, Post 14, Ashland

Det. Russell Decker, Post 15, Columbia

Det. Matthew Wise, Post 16, Henderson

Det. Hector Alcala, East Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations

Det. John Williams, West Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations

Det. John R. Morgan, Electronic Crime Branch


Six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers were named Officer of the Year at the region level, including:

CVE Officer Brandon Goodman, Region 1, Henderson

CVE Officer Dewayne Koch, Region 2, Louisville

CVE Officer Jeremy Younger, Region 3, Georgetown

CVE Officer Dennis Jackson, Region 4, London

CVE Officer Tommy Jones, Region 5, Morehead

CVE Officer Kenny Johnson, Region 6, Pikeville


The 2011 KSP Safe Driving Awards, which recognize the KSP post and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region with the highest average number of safe driving miles between assessable accidents, were presented to KSP Post 13 in Hazard and CVE Region 2 in Louisville. Post 13 had a record of 1 million, 104,205 miles with no assessable collisions. Region 2 had a record of 790,618 miles with no assessable collisions.


The KSP Citation for Meritorious Achievement, the agency’s highest civilian award bestowed upon individuals who performed an extraordinary act of service or heroism in direct support of an officer of the agency engaged in the official performance of duty, was presented to:

Deputy Reeve Hudson, Jr., Breathitt Co. Sheriff’s Office.


Hudson received the award for an incident in May of 2011 in the Clayhole community of Breathitt County. Hudson took action to protect KSP troopers and a CVE officer who were fired upon by a subject in a wooded area. Hudson returned fire and wounded the subject, who was later found deceased.