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Troopers Honored at Award Ceremony in Lexington

Date of News Release: 06/14/2015

Left to Right- Detective Matthew Cardwell and Trooper Jeremy Smith

(Bowling Green, KY) - On Thursday June 11, 2015 three Troopers with the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green were honored at the Awards Ceremony in Lexington. Troopers Ronnie Reynolds and Jeremy Smith were presented with the Lifesaving Medal, where Smith was also nominated to represent Post 3 for Trooper of the Year, while Detective Matthew Cardwell was nominated to represent Post 3 for the Detective of the Year award.

Left to Right- Commissioner Rodney Brewer, Trooper Ronnie Reynolds, and Secretary of Justice J. Michael Brown

Trooper Ronnie Reynolds was presented with the Lifesaving Medal in reference to an incident that occurred on February 01, 2015 he responded to a two vehicle injury collision with entrapment in Hart County. Trooper Reynolds arrived on the scene and was the first responder on the scene. It was a horrific scene with two vehicles involved in a head-on collision. A mother and her 4 year old daughter were injured in one vehicle while a mother, both of her parents, and both of her children were all injured in the other. The 2 year old son was killed, and the 8 year old daughter was ejected from the vehicle. Upon Trooper Reynold's arrival, the little 8 year old girl was face down in the middle of the roadway in a puddle of water with water running along the roadway. It was currently raining moderately as well. The little girl was unconscious, not breathing, and had a faint pulse. Being able to determine that it was an exigent circumstance to modify the normal standard of "not moving an injured person", Trooper Reynolds turned the girl over and stabilized her neck. This enabled her airway to not be restricted thus allowing her to take in air. She began to involuntarily gulp for breath. Trooper Reynolds remained with her until EMS arrived and took control of helping her and stated that when they arrived, Trooper Reynolds called for them to tend to the girl who was stabilized on her side. EMTs stated that there was water and blood in the roadway that impeded the airway of the little girl, therefore, Trooper Reynold's actions did directly preserve the little girl's life. Any delay or awaiting of assistance would have been in all probability fatal for the young girl.

Trooper Ronnie Reynolds has been a Trooper for 12 years and has been assigned to Post 3 for all of those. He is a 1986 graduate of Hart County High School and is the son of Raymond and Judy Reynolds of Hart County.

Trooper Jeremy Smith was presented with the Lifesaving Medal in reference to an incident that occurred when he was on routine patrol in Hart County on December 26, 2012. The weather was treacherous with the temperature at 39 degrees, wind gusts at 35 mph, and moderate to heavy rain. Due to the weather conditions, Trooper Smith was checking the roadways for any possible stranded motorists. While checking I-65 in the early morning hour, Trooper Smith caught a glimpse of taillights of a vehicle off the roadway over an embankment in some trees. Trooper Smith quickly responded to the vehicle and found two occupants inside, both unconscious and trapped. Trooper Smith requested Fire and EMS for emergency response. He then determined that the passenger, a 17 year old male was slumped forward, unconscious and not breathing. Trooper Smith climbed inside the back seat of the vehicle and tilted his head back to open his airway. He was immediately able to take in air. Trooper Smith stabilized his neck keeping his airway open until EMS arrived. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate the occupants, and the injured were transported to Caverna Hospital and then on to Kosair's Hospital where they were listed in critical condition and the operator was cited for DUI. Trooper Smith was the only law enforcement officer on the scene, so this just came to light of the life-saving act when the father of the juvenile sent a delayed thank you message to Trooper Smith. Current Hart County Coroner Reggie Pettit was one of the responding Hart County EMTs that responded to the scene. Mr. Pettit advised that Trooper Smith's actions did directly preserve the juvenile's life and any delay or awaiting of assistance would in all probability have been fatal for Mr. Perez.

Trooper Jeremy Smith was also presented with the Trooper of the Year Award to represent Post 3 Bowling Green at this year's Award Ceremony. Smith has been a Trooper for 10 years and has been assigned to Post 3 for all of those. He is a 2001 graduate of Southwestern High School in Somerset, a 2004 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, and is the son of Wayne and Therese (Deceased) Smith of Somerset.

Detective Matthew Cardwell was presented with the Detective of the Year Award to represent Post 3 Bowling Green. Cardwell has been a Trooper for 9 years and has been assigned as a General Investigations Detective for the last 3 years. He is a 1998 graduate of Warren East High School and is a veteran of the United States Army, where he was in the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell. He is the son of Leonard and Sharon Cardwell of Bowling Green.