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Fallen hero remembered as man who loved the law

Deputy Anthony Rakes (Source: KSP) Deputy Anthony Rakes (Source: KSP)
Dewayne Shipp (Source: Marion County Detention Center) Dewayne Shipp (Source: Marion County Detention Center)
Regina Ewing and Anita Elder Regina Ewing and Anita Elder

LEBANON, KY (WAVE) - Saturday, a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest. Early Wednesday Deputy Anthony Rakes was gunned down while making a traffic check.

Friday night, visitation for Rakes began and the Marion County Sheriff said his office was getting messages of support from all over the country.

"I never thought in my career that I would have to face a situation like this," said Sheriff Jimmy Clemments.

Clemments sat down Friday with the sisters of the slain deputy to talk about what a loss the department and the community has suffered. He said the love for his deputy has been as strong as Rakes love for the law.

"I've had a baptism by fire on this," Rakes said of the tragic loss and the support that followed, "Learning what it's about and it's truly overwhelming."

Rakes sisters, Anita Elder and Regina Ewing, say their brother always wanted to be a cop.

They said as a child Rakes pretended to be the former Sheriff and any time someone came to the door you could be sure to hear the same line, "Freeze, I'm Carroll Kirkland and I'm going to arrest you," Anita laughed as she recalled her brother.

The sisters said as a boy, their brother wrote stories about getting the bad guys, but early Wednesday morning police said a bad guy got to Rakes as he simply checked on a driver pulled over on US 68. They said the driver of the stopped car, Dewayne Shipp, fired two shots, killing the deputy.

"Just like with the incident the other night, he was always looking to help somebody," Clemments said.

Regina said her brother was a doting uncle to her children.

Anita said when he wasn't serving his family or the community, Rakes favorite thing to do was watch the Kentucky Wildcats. She said he would have been watching the team Friday night, "He had tickets to go to the UK game with one of his friends," she recalled.

As far as fans go, the sisters said they never knew how many fans their brother had. "I didn't realize how this community is so great, everybody just loved Anthony," Anita cried, "And I just want to thank each and every person that has gone above and beyond."

Deputy Rakes funeral is Saturday at Marion County High School in Lebanon at 1 p.m.

Governor Steve Beshear ordered flags to half-staff tomorrow across the Commonwealth in honor of Deputy Rakes sacrifice.

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