Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

All these years later and it's never been solved. I remember when this happened. There was another KSP officer that looked enough like KSP Edrington to make me believe it could've been a case of mistaken identity. The other trooper was a little older, but at a late night traffic stop it could be hard to tell them apart. Prayers for his family and friends.


February 24, 2024

Trooper Johnny Edrington was also my hero. He saved me and my family from having to go through a difficult trial when he was in a shoot out in London, Ky with the man who killed Sgt. Robert Elliott of the Miami County, Ohio S.O. I never had the chance to thank him. I had been in touch with his parents and wife for a while but lost touch with moves. Rest in Peace Johnny. I’m sure you and Bobby are patrolling heavens gates together.

Tammie Elliott-Gehle

June 12, 2023

I was 7 years old when the trooper was taken. My mother worked at Weaver's and I remember everyone talking about it. My mother was taken from me only 4 short days later. I remember well standing in the old post office with my grandmother seeing the updates of the story on the front page of the Sentinel Echo. Years later I watch shows such as Cold Justice. I know those that I was lucky enough to know my mother and have what time I did with her and his child would never get to meet him on this earth. The show always makes me want to request support for KSP so that his wife and daughter can find justice. He was a brave man on earth and I'm sure watching over both of you for all of these years.

Kristy Lyons

March 18, 2023

Alot of good memories of this good man. Although your killer hasn't been found and we don't know where he is. We sure know where you are. Resting in the arms of our lord. This life down here is temporary but in heaven is forever and alot better place. I one day will meet you and shake your hand and tell you how proud we are of you.

Fellow citizen

April 2, 2022

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

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