FRANKFORT - The Senate Democratic Caucus Tuesday joined state Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, D-Drift, in recognizing Kentucky State Trooper Rick Conn for his courage during the recent natural gas line explosion and fire in Ivel. "Trooper Conn deserves to be honored for his extraordinary acts during the gas line explosion," Turner said. "He really proved to the people in Eastern Kentucky that he will put his life on the line for them." The senators signed a Senate Citation in Conn's honor, recognizing the trooper's bravery, skill and professionalism in serving and protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. "We are grateful to Trooper Conn. He is a hero," Turner said. "There are many brave men and women who serve our state, and Trooper Conn is one of the best." Conn was driving into his subdivision when the first explosion occurred. He was burned and had to crawl out the passenger window to escape his burning vehicle. The trooper then ran to a nearby burning house and helped Jeannie Newsome and her 2-year-old daughter Alexis get out. Conn suffered second- and third-degree burns on his hands and face.