PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - More than 100 law enforcement officials from throughout the state gathered together at Johnson Central Middle School to remember their fellow officer, Trooper Alex Rubado, who lost his battle with cancer last week.
Trooper Shaun Little says, "Alex has touched everyone of us here at Post 9, from when we would stop by to see him...he just passes on a legacy to each one of us to fight."
Before becoming a state trooper at Post 9 in Pikeville, Rubado was a member of the Prestonsburg, Paintsville, and Frankfort police departments.
Frankfort Police Officer Charlie Washburn says, "Back in Frankfort he is going to be remembered for his sense of humor. He was just a really good friend to everyone down there. He really loved what he did and it showed."
Officers say the amount of support shown at the funeral exemplifies what exactly it means when they put on the uniform, no matter which agency they may serve. Officer Washburn explains, "As law enforcement we are a brotherhood, whether we are state police or with local agencies...we are a brotherhood and it is just important that we show respect during these kinds of times and it was our honor to get to come today."
They say his goal was to be a state trooper, and he achieved that goal...serving the community he called home in Eastern Kentucky.
Now, his fellow officers honor and remember him as they lead their brother in uniform to his final resting place.
Trooper Rubado was 40-years-old. His colleagues say he was a strong family man who loved his wife, adored his two children, and cherished being a police officer.