PRESTONSBURG — Some of the top ranking officials with Kentucky State Police were at Riverview Health Care Thursday to pay tribute to a piece of living history.
KSP Commander Rodney Brewer, Trooper Island Director Endre Samu, Post 9 Commander Sean P. Welch and many other officers visited the nursing home in order to honor Riverview resident and retired trooper Chester Potter, who is the last surviving member of the Kentucky State Police Academy’s first graduating class from 1948.
“I tell many stories [to new cadets], but I always tell them we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, and that is you,” Brewer told Potter.
Potter, 93, received a number of gifts during the ceremony, including framed pictures and a designation by Brewer as a “Colonel Aide du Camp.” Potter’s name will also be added to a memorial being constructed at Trooper Island.
Trooper Island currently has a fundraiser by which donors can purchase bricks and have them engraved with a name. Those bricks will become part of the structure of the memorial being built.
When the fundraiser was announced, officers and employees of Post 9 collected money in order to purchase one of the bricks and engrave it with Potter’s name. Samu had the brick with him Thursday to show to Potter, and he told him that it would be placed directly in front of an eternal flame that is part of the memorial.