CLEVELAND– The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to honor the legacy of fallen Trooper Kenneth Velez by giving back to the community he loved to serve.
“We want to try to give back the way he was giving back,” explained Sergeant David Francway. “He did a lot for his school, his kids, his community. So this is our way of spreading Kenny around the whole area.”
About a dozen troopers from across Cleveland gathered at Almira Elementary School to spread kindness to students in classrooms and during lunch.
Trooper Velez was hit and killed in 2016 during a routine traffic stop.
“Ever since his death we try to turn a negative into a positive,” said Lieutenant Rob Gable.
Lt. Gable is a Cleveland Post Commander, he says Trooper Velez’s badge was 511. Around this time every year, they work to remember the friend they say often went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to serving the public.