The Lyon County Sheriff's Department is now wearing life saving tourniquets and remembering fallen KSP Trooper Cameron Ponder, thanks to a grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation.
One grant is given each year in memory of Trooper Ponder.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Department was a recipient of 10 tourniquets last month. Ryan Smith of the Rochester, N.Y.-based foundation and Brenda Tiffany, mother of Trooper Ponder and ambassador, were on hand to present the equipment to Sheriff Brent White and deputies.
The tourniquets have duty-belt holders, which attach around the deputy's waist.
"We are very appreciative of Brenda recommending us for this grant," said White. "When we wear these and look down, we'll never forget Trooper Ponder.
"This equipment will enhance our efforts to protect and serve this community," he said.
Tiffany noted, "Lyon County has significant meaning to me on so many levels. (The grant) is like Cameron saying 'this is a blessing.'
"You all treated him so well and he loved being part of this community," she said. "It's been a healing process."
Since 2013, The Spirit of Blue Foundation has presented 3,300 of the tourniquet grants to law enforcement agencies. Ten of those grants have been awarded in Kentucky.
"They are credited with saving six lives so far," Smith said.
Two of those lives saved were in Kentucky. A Kentucky State Police officer was able to apply the tourniquet to a teenager struck by a train, and in Perry County a deputy used the lifesaving measure on his partner when they were ambushed trying to serve an arrest warrant.
If any of the tourniquets are used, they will be replaced by the Spirit of Blue.