Friends: Schweitzer was 'proud' to be a police officer

Friends: Schweitzer was 'proud' to be a police officer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Jason Schweitzer was just 37, and almost always smiling.

"He put on his police uniform and it was like he put on a tuxedo as far as he was concerned," said Metro Councilman David James, who knew Schweitzer for almost 20 years and remembers how proud he was to be an officer. "You look in the dictionary for the word 'police officer,' it would have his picture there." 

Early Saturday morning in Lexington, Schweitzer and a fellow detective, who were in town attending a Fraternal Order of Police convention, were walking back from a Dierks Bentley concert. 

"As I crossed the road, I could hear um, not like tires squealing but like tires yawling," LMPD Detective Brett Hankison told WAVE 3 News in an exclusive interview.

Hankison then said he heard the crash and ran to his friend.

"It's just tragic; tragic to lose someone like Jason," Hankison said. 

Timothy Moore, 56, was also killed. The grandfather worked at the University of Kentucky and was a Navy veteran.

"He always made sure that everyone was taken care of," his daughter, Lisa Houser, said. "He would just come in the bat of an eye if any one of us needed anything."

The driver of the car has been identified by Lexington Police as 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow. Police haven't said yet just how drunk she was. She is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of first-degree DUI. As of Sunday night, she was still in the hospital, according to Lexington Police and had not yet been booked into jail.

WAVE 3 News spoke to Whitlow's family, who declined an interview but said they have a lot of sorting out to do. They also said they have been kept in the dark about the details of the crash by police.

The irony stings. Especially for an officer like Schweitzer, James said, whose commitment to those he wanted to protect was admirable.

"If someone had their house broken into, or business got robbed on his beat, he took it personally because he felt like he failed to protect his beat and so that made him double-down on his efforts to do that," James said.

"The citizens of Louisville, they lost a great person and a great police officer," Hankison said.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Schweitzer.

His visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home at 12900 Shelbyville Rd. The Fraternal Order of Police will also hold a service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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The funeral will be Wednesday. There will be a service at noon at St. Michael Catholic Church at 3705 Stone Lakes Drive. His body will then travel to Cave Hill Cemetery, where there will be a graveside service. 

The exact route of the procession has not been determined yet, but the vehicles will enter through the cemetery's main gate. 

Schweitzer, 37, leaves behind a wife, Jessica, and young daughter, Avery Elizabeth. His wife is expecting their second child, a boy. A memorial fund to help his family has been set up at the LMPO Credit Union on 9th and Market streets under his name.

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