Weather changes funeral plans for fallen LMPD officer

Rain prompts venue change, but can't dampen celebration of detective's life

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The American flag was flying high outside Southeast Christian Church, held together by two trucks from the Louisville Fire Department for the funeral services for LMPD Det. Deidre “Dee Dee” 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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Monday’s rain and wind changed some the funeral plans for Det. Mengedoht. The tribute that was originally supposed to take place at Hebron Cemetery instead took place outside Southeast Christian Church.

Mengedoht’s casket was rolled out draped with the American flag. The flag was given to her family by LMPD Chief Steve Conrad. There were more than 3,000 officers from around the state and country--some came as far from New York to stand beside their brothers and sisters in blue.

Emotional moments from Monday included the final call for Det. Mengedoht, the gun salute, the playing of Taps and the bagpipes.

"It's somber in the fact that we lost one of our family members but, it's very unique that everyone can come together and celebrate her life and that is what people are doing right now,” former officer Louisville Police Chaplain Deacon Greg Gitschier said.

The LMPD chopper flew over head, and the mounted patrol also came through.

At the service, people were reminded how much Det. Mengedoht made a difference in this world, the lives she touched, and what we call can learn from the life she lead.

“The important thing to remember is that their grief journey doesn’t end here today,” Eric Johnson from Supporting Heroes said. “It starts a new chapter of it and it never ends.”

Johnson added that it’s important to remember Det. Mengedoht, the sacrifice she made, and to be there for her son and the rest of her family.

Mengedoht’s body was transported to Hebron Cemetery in Bullitt County following the service and tribute in Louisville.

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