MARION COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Those who knew him say he made a difference in his community. Hundreds of people packed a Central Kentucky funeral home to honor a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty.
The visitation was held Friday for Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes. He was shot while on a traffic stop early Wednesday morning.
"A police officer's a police officer. Whether it's the officer that works in my agency, an adjoining agency, or an officer that works in another state. We all go out daily to do a job for the community, and when one officer falls it affects all of us," explained Prospect Police Lieutenant Todd Shaw.
Officers from across the state are flooding Lebanon this weekend, letting local law enforcement mourn the death of one of their own.
"We are a family. We are like a second family. We're always here for each other. That anything that's ever needed any time of the day or night type of situation that we're always here and we're here to be able to support our brother in law enforcement," said Officer Matthew Gelhausen with the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Deputy Rakes died Wednesday when he was shot during a traffic stop. Saturday, his family, friends, and dozens of officers will be ready to give Deputy Rakes a final goodbye inside the gym where he grew up - Marion County High School.
"Any time a tragic incident like this happens with a public safety official be it police, fire, or EMS it's amazing the out flow of support for the family, from the friends, from the community, from other agencies in other states," said Lt. Todd Shaw, "any time one falls it affects us all."