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Fallen Trooper's legacy lives on in Hardin County

Published: Jan. 13, 2016 at 4:36 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2016 at 4:54 AM EST
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Trooper Cameron Ponder (Source: KSP)
Trooper Cameron Ponder (Source: KSP)
Joe Ponder (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Joe Ponder (Source: WAVE 3 News)

RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) – A fallen Kentucky State Police Trooper was honored at his alma mater in Hardin County on Tuesday evening.
 
In September of 2015, Trooper Cameron Ponder was shot and killed by a suspect after a high speed chase in Lyon County. The suspect was later killed by law enforcement.
 
Tuesday evening, during half time at North Hardin High School's basketball game, Ponder's family was given a gift to help his legacy live on.

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"A lot of these kids didn't know Cameron," Cameron Ponder's father, Joe Ponder, said. "It was 2002 when he graduated. But, hopefully he can inspire other young people in the community."
 
Telmate, a communications company working alongside law enforcement in corrections facilities, donated $2,500 to Cameron Ponder's family in his honor. Kentucky State Police were present for the presentation and said they honor their fallen officers each day.
 
"It's tough, but we're doing the best we can to get through," KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory said. "It gets pretty emotional at times."
 
Ponder served the United State Navy as a naval diver before becoming a sworn KSP Trooper in January of 2015. His father described him as a star track athlete and dedicated student. Cameron Ponder also worked with students and athletes years after he graduated high school.
 
"He spoke to the track team about achieving their goals, he told them to never give up," Joe Ponder said. "Cameron preached more so in the way he lived than the words themselves."
 
Students across Hardin County's school district are eligible to receive the scholarship. Although the qualifications aren't yet specific, his father hopes the recipient is someone who wants to make a difference in the world.
 
"Because Cameron made a difference in the world," Joe Ponder said. "That legacy is one we want to live on."
 
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