Jonesboro officers to represent JPD at fallen KY trooper funeral

Jonesboro officers to represent JPD at fallen KY trooper funeral


Two Jonesboro police officers will represent the department at the funeral of a fallen officer in Kentucky.

Sergeant Doug Formon and Officer Josh Wiiest will leave for Radcliff, Kentucky Thursday morning.

There, they will attend the Kentucky State Trooper Cameron Ponder's funeral in representation of the Jonesboro Police Department.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said they try and attend the funerals of fallen officers in the area but lately, it's happening far too often.

"It's a sad situation," Chief Elliott said. "Times are getting tough for law enforcement but if things do go bad, then we're going to support our brother officers."

Chief Elliott said multiple JPD officers also attended slain Memphis officer Sean Bolton's funeral.

"There were close to 1,000 police cars there," Chief Elliott said. "When you take the 240 loop around Memphis and it's bumper to bumper police cars, that speaks volumes. Hopefully Kentucky Trooper Ponder will get the same respect by our brother officers from across the nation."

Trooper Ponder's visitation will take place Thursday. His funeral will be on Friday.

Ponder, 31, was shot and killed Sunday night after a traffic stop and police chase.

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