LMPD detective remembered for her focus on faith, family, community

Best friend remembers fallen officer's focus on family, faith

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police officers from all over the country joined LMPD officers Monday to honor Det. Deidre Mengedoht.

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

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Mengedoht died on Christmas Eve after her cruiser was struck during a traffic stop.

At Monday’s service, the 32-year-old was remembered for her dedication to her family, her community and her faith.

The slideshow at the service told a story: The detective was shown in photos proudly wearing her police uniform, and posing with many friends through the years, but the love between mother and son truly stood out.

“She was passionate about serving the community, keeping people safe and treating people with dignity,” her best friend Janelle Briscoe told mourners.

“She felt the job was not done,” Mayor Greg Fischer told the gathering. “The detective always did more than interviews and investigation. She loved her community, keeping up with victims, and helping families anytime she could. But it was her own family and her faith who always came first.”

Mengedoht’s pastor, Greg Allen, explained that love, through videos. First, when her 9-year-old son nailed his multiples of six. With pride, he counted through for his mom in a video, “30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, yeah!” In return, the working mom couldn’t wait to get back to him. She cheered back in a return video, “I’m so proud of you; way to go!”

The pastor also showed a video of Mengedoht six months prior to her death; it showed her dedication to her faith and family as she wanted to be the person taking her grandfather into the water.

“With a little bit of tears and anxiety,” Allen said, “she baptizes her grandfather.”

Briscoe addressed the family, saying they raised a wonderful woman, who in return was raising a smart, kind and brave young man, so much like his mother.

“Know that you have contributed to an amazing person that the community fell in love with, I along with many others thank you for sharing Deidre with us, because she has blessed us all,” Briscoe said.

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