It can be said that many people who have demanding jobs live for their work. That is true of Trooper Don Perry of the Kentucky State Police.
“Policing means public service. I like to help people and meet a need they may have,” said Perry.
Perry has worked with the KSP for 28 years. He retired from the force in 2011 but came back in 2012 as a part of the Trooper-R program.
Trooper-Rs are retired troopers who are hired back to work a series of five one-year long contracts. There are currently three other Trooper-Rs at KSP Post 10.
“During his career he has worked several high profile cases and has brought them to successful conclusions. The experience and knowledge he brings to his position every day benefits young troopers and the community he serves in,” said KSP Commander P.J. Burnett.
During his last five years as a trooper, Perry worked as a detective for Knox and Bell counties in the STEP Unit where he enforced traffic laws and patrolled areas where frequent wrecks occurred.
One of Perry’s most memorable instances on the job involves a case from 1999. An elderly woman was murdered in Corbin and the murderer was caught and convicted of an additional murder that happened a few months earlier in Ohio.
“It felt really good to solve two cases and it was satisfying to catch someone who did the elderly wrong. Nobody deserves to die like that,” said Perry.
Perry is a graduate from Meade County High School in north central Kentucky. He continued his education at Elizabethtown Community College, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College and Kentucky State University.
In his free time he is an assistant coach for the girls basketball team at Bell County High School and attends LOCUS Church in Middlesboro.
He now lives in Pineville with his wife and child.
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