Testimonial: Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial Scholarship


Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial Scholarship

On September 13, 2015, Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder (assigned to Post 1-Mayfield Kentucky) died from gunshot wounds sustained during a late-night traffic stop in Lyon County.

A 31- year old native of Rineyville, Ponder graduated from the KSP Academy in January 2015. Trooper Cameron Ponder was a 2002 graduate of North Hardin High School, where he played baseball, football and set state track records during his senior year.

Before joining KSP, Ponder served for almost seven years on an underwater demolition team attached to SEAL Team One. His military career included combat experiences in the Middle East.

State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer stated, “Trooper Ponder was a hero in the true sense of the word, not just because of how he died, but more importantly how he lived his life. He lived a life full of purpose and meaning and direction and sacrifice.”

Trooper Ponder’s life and dedication as a public servant is memorialized through the Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors in Hardin and Meade counties.

To get started setting up a scholarship fund, or for additional information, please contact Davette Swiney at 270-737-8393 or by email at dswiney@ckcf4people.org.