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FRANKFORT - A groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to Kentucky’s fallen conservation officers is set for 1 p.m. Friday in Frankfort.

The memorial will honor the six Kentucky conservation officers killed in the line of duty since 1918. Invited guests at Friday’s ceremony include family members of the fallen officers.

Dr. Jon Gassett, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, will serve as keynote speaker. Other guests will include Law Enforcement Division Director Hank Patton and members of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission. Members of the Law Enforcement Division’s Honor Guard will also attend.

The memorial is being spearheaded by the Kentucky Conservation Officers’ Association, which has raised most of the $140,000 needed for the memorial. A bronze statue of a saluting officer that will serve as a centerpiece for the memorial is now on display at the Salato Wildlife Education Center, located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.

Friday’s ceremony is being conducted in front of the Salato Center.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus is located west of Frankfort off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ west of the U.S. 127 interchange. A large bronze statue of a deer on a stone pedestal marks the main entrance.

Meeting to nominate Fourth District Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission member June 18 in Hart County: A meeting to nominate candidates for the Fourth District representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. (Central time) Tuesday, June 18, at the Caverna High School Gymnasium, 2276 South Dixie St., Horse Cave.

The Fourth Wildlife District includes Adair, Barren, Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

Residents of the Fourth Wildlife District who, for the past two consecutive years, have either: purchased a Kentucky hunting or fishing license; or hunted or fished in Kentucky, but were not required to purchase a license, may participate in the nomination process. The names of up to five nominees chosen at the meeting will be submitted to Gov. Steve Beshear, who will appoint one of the nominees to a four-year term, subject to state Senate confirmation.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. (Central time).

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