MARION CO., Ky. (WKYT) - Friends and family gathered in Marion County on Tuesday night to remember a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty five years ago.
Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot as he walked up to a stopped car on U.S. 68 near Lebanon back in 2012.
On Tuesday, family and friends gathered outside the sheriff's office for a candlelight vigil in Deputy Rakes' memory.
"I'll always know he was doing his job, and liked what he was doing," said Regina Ewing, Rakes' sister. "He died doing his job that he loved."
For family members, the pain of loving their loved one is still fresh. As time passes, those who knew him say it is more important than ever to honor their fallen hero, so that he is never forgotten.
"I still miss him, it doesn't change," said Anita Elder, another of Rakes' sisters. "It was five years today, but it don't feel like it for me. It feels like today."
Family members say Rakes had a smile and laugh they will always remember.
Marion Co. Sheriff Jimmy Clements says Rakes was a dedicated and hardworking deputy, someone who knew what it meant not only to serve, but to protect.
"He liked helping those folks, also," Sheriff Clements said. "It wasn't just about locking them up and taking them to jail. It was the overall job he really took to."
DeWayne Shipp, who pleaded guilty to killing Deputy Rakes, was sentenced in 2014 to life in prison.