Candlelight vigil held to honor fallen state trooper

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RADCLIFF, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Hardin County city where a fallen Kentucky state trooper went to high school became the place where many remembered Cameron Ponder, Wednesday night.

The city with a population just over 20,000 had more than its fair share of American flags waving as folks drove into town. Ponder was a track start at North Hardin High School, the venue where hundreds met to hold a candlelight vigil.

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It didn’t take long for bleachers, normally filled with football fans, to be filled with mourners.

Supporting Heroes played host for the evening, a group dedicated to protecting and providing for police, fire and EMS. As one organizer describes, the group was there to “honor the life of a very special young man.”

Emotions ranged from sadness, to anger and at some points, folks celebrated the life Trooper Ponder lived. A Navy veteran, family says Trooper Ponder struggled when he returned home from serving. They say the idea of serving in another aspect, as an officer of the law, got him back on track.