Grant Check

Cadiz Police Chief Duncan Wiggins, third from left, accepts a grant check from Brenda Tiffany last week in the Cadiz City Hall council chambers.

The mother of slain Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder visited the local community last week to present grant funds to the Cadiz Police Department.

The $5,896 Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial Safety Grant is being used to purchase personal trauma medical kits as well as rifle optics for the department’s officers.

Ponder’s mother, Brenda Tiffany, is the ambassador for the grant and spoke during the presentation in the Cadiz City Hall council chambers.

Cadiz Police Chief Duncan Wiggins noted that the grant is providing tourniquets and other trauma medical equipment for each of his department’s officers and is outfitting each of the officers’ rifles with the rifle optics.

“We were honored to be chosen for this grant considering they only chose one (recipient),” Wiggins said, while explaining that “the majority of us knew Cameron Ponder, and we knew what he was about.

“His death in the line of duty was a shock to everybody,” the police chief continued.

Ponder was a Trigg County resident at the time of his death in 2015 and was fatally shot by the driver of a vehicle during a traffic stop.

A remembrance ceremony took place at the time at West Cadiz Park, organized primarily by Trigg County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Burgess.

The police chief said it means a lot for his department to have equipment that can provide life-saving measures to officers or civilians.

He noted that the safety grant is awarded each year to one department, and his police department is the recipient for 2021.

The grant is among those awarded by the Spirit of Blue Foundation, a nonprofit that helps make the public aware of the need for protection of law enforcement and provides safety equipment and training needs for law enforcement officers across the country.

Wiggins said his department has already received its medical kits and rifle optics.

He noted that former Cadiz Police Sgt. Michael Felts, now a deputy with the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, applied for the grant for the police department this past June.

Wiggins credits Felts with having an extensive background in writing grants.

He said state police members, local police and representatives of the sheriff’s office, in addition to Ponder’s mother, were among those on hand for the ceremony on Nov. 8.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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