LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds came together Tuesday morning to pay tribute to an LMPD officer. Officer Paul Pegram was off-duty last Thursday when he was riding his bike and an SUV hit him.
Pegram was a police officer, a father, husband and son.
"I'm very proud of my son and that he was able to work with these type of people," his father Dave Pegram said. "Our family is in a horrible time of grief."
Pegram died just 3 weeks after his 40th birthday. Tuesday that tragedy turned into a tribute for a guy whose dad will always remember as funny and fun to be around. "He was a jokester. He was an avid fisherman. He loved his children very much. He was always seemed to be in an up attitude, always had a smile on his face," Dave Pegram said.
Pegram's friends on the force call their fellow comrade kind and professional. Officer Chris Heaps was recruiting him to be an instructor at the police academy.
"He could teach without even saying a word. His professionalism is above most, and I thought he would set the standard for our new recruits," Heaps told us.
Pegram's commitment to the community played out in 2008 when he jumped into action to save lives. He later earned a Distinguished Lifesaving Award for waking up residents during a fire on Bonnycastle.
"He actually rushed into the burning building and started kicking in doors, and he saved everyone's life," Officer Kenten Measle explained. "I'll miss him a lot. I know his family will."
Before Pegram served with LMPD, he was a state police dispatcher and was part of the McMahan Volunteer Fire Department and Milton Fire and Rescue. The FOP set up a memorial fund to help pay for funeral expenses.