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Teens speaks about finding Hodgenville officer moments after crash

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Hodgenville Police Officer Mark Taulbee Hodgenville Police Officer Mark Taulbee
Crosses at the scene of the crash. Crosses at the scene of the crash.
Dalton Carter Dalton Carter
A band Dalton Carter wears on his wrist in memory of Officer Mark Taulbee. A band Dalton Carter wears on his wrist in memory of Officer Mark Taulbee.

HODGENVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 15-year-old was the first on the scene moments after Hodgenville Police Officer Mark Taulbee loses control of cruiser while chasing a suspect.

Officer Taulbee was laid to rest on Friday. Dalton Carter says when he found Officer Taulbee, he was alert and talking.

The 15-year-old boy was at his friend's house on September 16. "We were all just laying down and talking and stuff and we heard the big boom, it sounded like almost a gun shot," said Carter.

Not knowing what to think, minutes later Carter was led outside. "I went outside to roll up on the windows on one of the cars because it was about to rain, that's when I found Officer Taulbee," said Carter.

He heard the officer moan for help. "I got down and talked to him and I asked him if he was ok and everything and he told me his name and then I said I got to get you some help and he didn't want me to leave him," said Carter. "I had to pull away from him."

He ran to get his friend, who called 911. Carter says officer Taulbee was about 25 feet away thrown from his crashed Hodgenville cruiser.

"The first thing he really said was that he was trying to get him or something like that," said Carter.

Kentucky State Police say Taulbee was chasing Jason Avis, a man who was suspected of stealing a car. He later turned himself in.

Carter says he stayed by the officer's side until help arrived. "Then he started to complain about his lower back hurting and he wanted to take his belt off," said Carter.

Thinking everything would turn out fine, Carter remembers the last moments together.
"He did say thank you at the end and we shook hands and everything," said Carter.

That's why hours later, he was shocked to hear officer Taulbee passed away. It was news that made him physically ill.

"They told me he was ok," said Carter. "Everybody told me he was fine."

At first Carter wished there something more he could have done, but now believes it was out of his hands.

"I believe I did what anybody would have did," said Carter.

Carter had the chance to meet with Officer Atlee's family at the visitation. Taulbee leaves behind two children ages 20 and 17.

Carter decided to give them two guardian angel figurines with part of the necklace he was wearing that morning.

The 15-year-old says he now hopes to go into public service someday.

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