LEXINGTON — At a recent ceremony, Kentucky State Police announced several awards for Post 10, Harlan.
Senior Trooper Brandon G. Burton, of Partridge, was named 2014 Trooper of the Year along with 16 troopers at the post, branch or division level. A four-and-a-half year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to KSP Post 10 in Harlan.
In 2014, Burton issued 889 citations including 16 for driving under the influence, 59 for speeding, 73 for seat belt violations and 20 for child restraint violations. He investigated 13 collisions, opened 44 criminal investigations, made 123 criminal arrests and completed 17 detailed intelligence reports.
As part of the post criminal interdiction team, Burton also gathered information that led to a $105,585 asset seizure that included 2,000 prescription pills, $16,000 in cash, 15 firearms and two vehicles.
Det. Bryan E. Johnson, of Corbin, was one of 18 troopers awarded Detective of the Year. Johnson has been a trooper with Post 10 since 2005. He took detective status in 2012. Johnson was chosen for the award as a result of several cases solved over the past year. Johnson is a former resident of Wallins Creek in Harlan County.
The Lifesaving Medal, awarded to officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances, was presented to: Trooper Chad W. Gregory, Post 10, Harlan and Trooper Michael J. Brigmon, Post 10, Harlan.