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Williamstown native posthumously awarded Governor's Medal of Valor

Trooper Joe Ward (Source: Kentucky State Police) Trooper Joe Ward (Source: Kentucky State Police)
Debbie Ward (center),  accepted the Governor’s Medal of Valor on behalf of her brother-in-law from Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown (right) and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer (left) on May 24 in Frankfort Debbie Ward (center), accepted the Governor’s Medal of Valor on behalf of her brother-in-law from Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown (right) and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer (left) on May 24 in Frankfort
FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -

A Kentucky State Police Trooper originally from Williamstown has been posthumously awarded the Governor's Medal of Valor.

The Medal of Valor is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer of the agency
for conspicuous heroism in the line of duty under circumstances of extreme personal hazard.

In 1973, Trooper Joe Ward sacrificed his life while pushing a subject out of the path of an oncoming vehicle on the Pennyrile Parkway in Christian County.

A native of Williamstown, Ky., Ward was assigned to KSP Post 2 in Madisonville at the time of
the incident.

His award was accepted on his behalf by his sister-in-law, Debbie Ward.

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