Fellow officers remember LMPD detective killed on Christmas Eve

A magical person: Fallen LMPD detective honored by fellow officers

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - She’s been described as a dedicated mother and friend to the neighborhoods she committed her life to serving.

The detective was killed in a crash on Christmas Eve.
The detective was killed in a crash on Christmas Eve. (Source: LMPD)

Thursday night, tributes poured in for a Louisville Metro Police Department detective killed in the line of duty on Christmas Eve.

Dozens of service men and women gathered at LMPD’s second division headquarters to honor Detective Deidre Mengedoht.

Her second division colleagues were joined by first responders from across the city.

“Because she was just that magical of a person and in this job -- it’s a job that we deal with tragedy and loss and really tough times with folks -- and she was able to work through that and have this magical effect on folks,” Nicolai Jilek, the Fraternal Order of Police President, said.

Mengedoht, known as Dee Dee, committed seven and a half years to the eight neighborhoods LMPD’s second division serves.

“We’ve been fielding a lot of questions from the community,” Jilek said. “Folks that Dee Dee really affected and had an impact on their lives who are wanting to have some way to express that.”

A blue and black ribbon draped over a patrol car represents their bond and gives people a place to remember how Mengedoht lived.

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“It’s just a nice tribute to Detective Mengedoht and the sacrifice that she gave to the community,” Second Division Major Ryan Bates said. “It means a lot to the officers to be able to have an outlet where they can show their respects and I’m sure the community is going to enjoy having a place where they can come as well.”

The tribute car will be on display at the second division headquarters, at 3419 Bohne Ave., until Mengedoht’s funeral on Monday. The community is welcome to stop by and pay their respects.

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