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