Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 20, 2014

Top trooper

Flatwoods resident wins state award for his work

ASHLAND — Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

Just as baseball stars compile impressive statistics to win the Most Valuable Player award, Goodall, who is assigned to the Ashland KSP Post, had his own impressive 2013 numbers in being named the state’s top trooper: He issued 573 citations and made 18 arrests for driving under the influence while answering 490 complaints. While working on drug interdictions and undercover operations during a three-month period, Goodall seized 1,764 prescription pills and $21,875 in cash while confiscating two vehicles and 581.7 grams of heroin.

In presenting him his award in Frankfot, the KSP said Goodall’s numerous arrests have prevented large quantities of prescription pills, heroin and marijuana from reaching the streets. During two “knock and talk” operations, he seized a gram of methamphetamine and 58 marijuana plants.

The top trooper’s efforts also affected property crimes such as burglaries and thefts, which are closely tied to drug activity. He investigated 26 criminal cases, recruited two informants and arrested four fugitives from other states.

School safety also is a priority for Goodall, who regularly patrols and visits local schools and participates in school lockdown drills. He also made 69 additional school visits on his own during his shifts.

Goodall also is a field training officer and the Ashland Post’s taser instructor. Goodall is a 1995 graduate of Nitro High School in West Virginia, but Kentucky was the big winner when he crossed the Big Sandy River into Kentucky, because the Bluegrass State got a highly skilled and dedicated police officer.

While his work as a law enforcement officer will never receive the attention of a baseball star’s game-winning home run, the work Shane Goodall is doing is saving lives and making this region a better place in which to live by putting drug dealers behind bars and getting intoxicated drivers off the highways, and that’s far more important than being an athletic star.

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