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Trooper Johnny Montague Edrington

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, December 20, 1988

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Reflections for Trooper Johnny Montague Edrington

Rest in peace Trooper Edrington.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 7, 2020

So sorry for his loss. I hope you find solace in the times you had together and you daughter and grandson.

Kevin Farrell
Former Posseman Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

December 5, 2018

So many times I have thought of how proud you would be of Callie. Now Callie has a baby boy whom she named John. I know you are smiling down as you watch your daughter with your namesake who is such a handsome little guy! Keep watching over us...


May 27, 2018

Several years ago I was in an auto accident Officer Edrington Officer Parker were trying to get the vechicle that I was in to stop. The person driving refused I was very frightened at the speed we were travling , soon i was thrown from the vechicle Officers split thier crusers to avoid hitting me I never will forget how Officer Edrington stayed by my side until the amblance arrived. Forever gratful to both of the Officers.

Connie Kearney
Thankful for his kindness shown to me.

December 21, 2015

Raised with his sweet sister by faithful parents, Johnny's family was an asset to the community of Campbellsville. I miss them all. When I was working at Lake Cumberland EMS as a dispatcher, it was comforting to know that he was often making rounds when working midnight shift and would check on us. He came to my rescue one afternoon while, as a young mother at home with baby, the neighbor boys were target shooting in the woods and hitting my house. Certainly do miss his smiling face.

Angie Freeman
Coworker and friend

December 21, 2015

The unique memories I still have after all these years is when John, either alone or with his posse of compadres, would come into my establishment for a lunch or dinner break. There was always lightness and laughter in the air when John was present as we always joked around about eveything on God's earth.

Being a sometimes busy restaurant owner at the time, it was always a reassuring pleasure and joy to have John, along with that assorted gang of local and state Campbellsville area federales (y'all know who you are), come in for breaktime and a disruption of comradere and nourishment to rest their minds.

That said, I always respected John's professionalism and considered John Edrington to be a friend of mine and a friend of the community he served. He always made the KSP look good.

It goes without saying...John Edrington was a great guy and is missed by all those who knew him. John was and always will be a splendid and wonderful human being.

Rick Crawford, owner
Pizza Villa

December 22, 2014



December 21, 2013

Trooper Edrington,

YOU are being Remembered and Honored on this the date of the 25 th year of your killing.
Thinking and Praying for Your Family.
Thank You for Your Service Johnny.

KY Retired

December 21, 2013

I can't believe it's been 25 years! It seems like yesterday that I was working and heard the news of your murder. I was numb and so heartbroken yet angry and wanting revenge. I can't believe that your killer has never been found. I can't help but believe there is something very suspicious about that fact. I had a very uneasy feeling during your funeral that your killer was there. I have never experienced that kind of feeling again. Please know that you will never be forgotten. You were a great friend to Terry, Matthew and I. RIP my friend.


May 30, 2013

I still can't believe that this happened to you. Our band held a benefit concert for you to help raise money to pay off the memorial that was built for you in your honor to this community. I still remember all the time we had . You are sadly missed by everyone and I know you killer will be caught. By the way , the benefit concert paid off the memorial.
campbellsville, kt

Lanny Forbis
Good Friend

April 27, 2012

YOU are being thought about on this 23rd anniversary of your murder.
Still remember learning of your death like it was yesterday.
There are still that care and think of you.
See you again some day my Brother.
YOU are missed.

R Bierly
KY retired

December 21, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 21, 2011

Johnny, it seems like yesterday that your Metro Police Car was parked in our yard on many Saturday nights. Those were the good old days. You were a great friend and a great peace officer. I miss you and think of you often. I want so much to know who took your life and to see them get what they deserve.

Gail Bright

December 20, 2011

December 20, 1988 my twin and I ten years old we celebrated in a matter of hours all changed to sorrow and disbelief as our grandmother was robbed at a local motel she woke us up in the early morning hours to tell us of the tragic events of the wee hours of the night before and morning am I watched helplessly by the TV for hours that led to months and years later still know nothing more but rest assured your death was not in vain we will never give up and will always remember a precious, husband, father, friend, and loved one!

Melissa McCrystal
A dear friend

December 4, 2011

Johnny you and I went to Campbellsville High School and graduated in 1972.You were soo funny and I know you're in heaven making everybody laugh. May you rest in peace and the person who took you away will be caught.

Theresa Haskins

February 11, 2011

To the daughter of this Trooper,

I am so sorry for the lose of your father. I understand so much of your pain. My Daughter's lost there father to cancer he was 35 years old,one was in her first week of her Senior Year our Youngest was starting her first week of Kindergarten. While they are gone they are never forgotten or ever really far away. My Dad is also gone,but always so close. I hear all my loved ones who have gone on. I know what they would say each day when things happen I am reminded of what kind of remark they would make. I can still hear their voices. I miss them often. But the memory's they gave us. Keep them very close with us till we see them again.

My daughters miss their Daddy at times still. I can't do enough or say enough to make that pain any better for them. Just embrace the missing of them being in your life physically everyday and keep loving them as if they were still here. I know my Dad is and theirs. Some of my family think well I might be out there a bit. But I do feel them it feels like. So I talk to them when I feel I need to. I encourage my daughters when they struggle with missing our loved ones. To take a private moment and tell Dad or Papaw. You love them or what ever you want to share with them.
I hope you family,gets justice in finding who took your fathers life away from you all to early.

I come here on occasion, when I think of my uncle John. I was just a little girl,who was his niece by marriage. Memory's of him. Still are apart of my life. I hope he know's he is missed and not forgotten still by many.

Karen Reeder - Peel
Neice of Fallen Trooper Hutchinson

August 28, 2009

December marked 20 years... Hope heaven is everything you expected.

Callie Edrington

February 6, 2009

You are not forgotten uncle Johnny.


May 20, 2008

I was a 16 year old junior at Knox Central High School in Barbourville when this happened. I watched the news nightly and listened for updates hoping they would find out who did this. I have never forgotten.


January 29, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, this writer prays that your killer will be found and that justice will be served on your behalf.

Manchester, NH

December 21, 2007

I pray that one day the Filth that committed this crime will be brought to justice.

Rest easy Brother.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

December 21, 2007

God Bless your family and friends. You will never be forgotten!!!

PO (Ret.)
City of Miami PD Fla.

December 20, 2007

was browsing looking for police logos for my sons school report and ran across this deepest condolences to the family and heartfelt prayers to surviving friends and family...please take comfort knowing he is at God's side and is awaiting the spiritual reunion with all his loved ones in the promised land...God bless you at this most difficult time of the year, and thanks to all of our fallen heroes, who make this beautiful state a more secure place for our kids...peace and joy

web browser

December 19, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 29, 2007

I hope that this case is at the top of the KSP cold case files. If law enforcement killers are not caught swiftly, others may be emboldened to assault/kill police officers.

This case MUST be solved using any and ALL resources necessary. Sorry for your terrible loss.

Security Officer

September 8, 2007

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