Kentucky police officer, Sergeant Brett Benton, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 4th June 2011.
Sgt. Benton resigned from his police job in May and went to Afghanistan as a private contractor teaching police tactics to Afghan National Police recruits.
Sgt. Benton was killed from the blast of a roadside bomb. He had been in Afghanistan only a few weeks.
His longtime friend, Toby Coyle, told local news: "After high school he went to the National Guard, and then while he was still in the Guard he worked at the state police post in Richmond as a dispatcher," Coyle said, "and then he worked for the Nicholasville Police Department, and then he went on to the Kenton County Police Department, where he left there as a sergeant."