July 28, 2014

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Kentucky State Police recognize last surviving member of first cadet class

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer (left) presented 83-year-old Pikeville, Ky. resident Chester Potter (right) with a Colonel, Aide de Camp certificate on January 30, 2014. Potter, who retired from KSP in 1975 as a lieutenant after 27 years on the force, is the last surviving member of the first Kentucky State Police cadet class in 1948. Photo courtesy of Sherry Bray, KSP Public Affairs.

As a member of Kentucky State Police Cadet Class #1 in 1948, Chester Potter was a ground floor witness to the birth and growth of an organization that would transform law enforcement in Kentucky. Recently, the 83-year-old Pikeville resident, who retired in 1975 as a lieutenant after 27 years on the force, recalled those early “trailblazing” days.