Honoring The Sacrifice Of Kentucky Officers

A ceremony in Richmond Tuesday honored two Kentucky police officers killed in the line of duty.

Hodgenville Police officer Mark Taulbee was killed in September, 2012 after he crashed his cruiser during a pursuit.

Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot to death during a traffic stop less than two months later.

“I miss him here with us,” said Anita Elder, Rakes’ sister. “I know he’s in Heaven now and he’s OK.”

Rakes and Taulbee have now been added to the Kentucky Law enforcement memorial in Richmond.

The monument stands in memory of nearly every Kentucky peace officer killed in the line of duty.

“Our families feel safe and secure in their homes because of the willingness of brave men and women like you to perform this sworn duty, no matter what the risk,” said Gov. Steve Beshear.

Tuesday’s ceremony also honored six other Kentucky officers killed in the line of duty between 1884 and 1950.

There are now 509 names on the memorial’s monument.

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