KSP Honors Murray Resident
Date of News Release: 09/03/2014
(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb (left), commander of the KSP Public Affairs Branch, resented Murray-resident Tpr. First Class Jay Thomas with the 2014 Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer of the Year award in recognition of his unparalleled dedication and support of Trooper Island Camp. A 13-1/2-year veteran of the agency, Thomas is public affairs officer at KSP Post 1 in Mayfield. A 1987 graduate of Calloway Co. High School and a 2003 graduate of Murray State University, Thomas is the son of the late Kenneth Thomas and Gloria Thomas of Murray. During 2013, Thomas sold 2,189 tickets for the camp's fundraising raffle and raised $15,000 through a golf tournament.
He also worked in partnership with a local Papa John's franchise owner and a local Lion's Club to benefit the camp. Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations. No public funds are used.
Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. Visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island.htm for more information about Trooper Island.