LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Loved ones and fellow officers joined together in grief as they said goodbye to LMPD Detective Diedre Mengedoht.
On Sunday, Arch L. Heady at Resthaven held a public visitation for her from 2-8 p.m.
The visitation for Mengedoht came just one day after hundreds lined the streets to pay their respects during a citywide procession. At each step of the route, family, friends and total strangers held up signs of love and support for the fallen officer.
"Deidre had an amazing heart and she loved the city and the city is showing how much they loved her,” longtime friend Melinda Hatcher said.
“You can tell by what people say whenever that see her. They always say ‘she was a great officer, we loved her.’ They always say the same thing," Vicki Soto, who attended the visitation, said.
Mengedoht was killed when a semi crashed into her vehicle during a traffic stop on Christmas Eve.
“Deidre meant the absolute world to me. She was so near and dear to my heart. We were so close and I haven’t seen her in so long," Hatcher said.
There has been an outpouring of support for her family and her blue family--a department that has been struck by several tragedies in recent years.
“She cared about people, it was very obvious," Soto said. "That made her very special. She went the extra mile. Up to the very last moments she was trying to help people.”
So many people showed up to the viewing Sunday that a shuttle service ran from the parking lot to the funeral home. TARC scheduled buses during the six hour visitation window, which ran every one and a half hours, at the stop across from the funeral home.
“I think that’s one of the reasons there were so many people there that were very close to her and we were really saddened by her loss. It’s gonna be a loss to the community, really," Soto said.
Sunday evening, Metro Council President David James praised the Kentucky State Police for sending troopers to work for the LMPD’s 2nd Division so that Detective Mengedoht’s co-workers could attend her funeral.
Mengedoht will be laid to rest tomorrow. Her funeral is Monday at 11 a.m. at Southeast Christian Church.
She will then be laid to rest at Hebron Cemetery in Bullitt County.