Ceremony honors officers killed in the line of duty

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Two Kentucky police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored this morning.

A memorial wrapped up Tuesday afternoon at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond for Hodgenville Police Officer Mark Taulbee and Marion County Sheriff's Office Deputy Anthony Rakes.

They were both killed in the line of duty last year.

The memorial was made to remember and recognize the sacrifices law enforcement officials have made while on duty. At Tuesday's memorial, Governor Beshear and other recognized two officers.

Rakes was shot to death during a traffic stop this past November.

"It's great to hear all the great stories about my brother," explains Rakes' sister, Anita Elder, "but it's hard all at the same time cause he's my brother, a son, and he's truly truly missed."

During the ceremony six Kentucky officers killed in the line of duty between 1884 and 1950 were honored as well. Two of those officers were from Perry county, another from Knott and Stanford.

A US Marshall killed back in 1884, as well as a member from the Kentucky State Police were also honored.

Their names were not added to the national memorial until recently.

The law enforcement memorial stands in memory of nearly every Kentucky peace officer who has been killed in the line of duty.

A family member of those honored today say this is a proud moment.

"Yes it is and I'm so proud and thankful to everyone that is doing this for him."

This year's additions brings the total number of names on the monument to 509.

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