Updated 7 months ago
It was a day of remembrance for law enforcement and their families at Eastern Kentucky University Tuesday morning as eight new names were added to the Memorial for Fallen Officers.
Among them was deputy Anthony Rakes of Marion County, who was shot to death on duty. "My husband answered the phone and said it was the police station and they said come to the hospital," said Anita Elder, Rakes' sister.
Later, Elder got another phone call: her little brother's name would be added to the wall. "He'd be so proud, he'd be so happy," she said.
It was just last September when the Taublee family lost officer Mark Taulbee of the Hodgenville Police Department: He died in an accident during a police chase. "If Dad had known that he would be honored this way he would be thrilled," said daughter Audra Taublee.
Six more names were also added to the wall, dating back to 1884. One of them, Chief Tom Martin of Stanford. who died in 1931. On Tuesday, his grandson received the folded flag on his behalf. "This has been a wonderful experience," he said. Very gratifying."
Fallen Lexington Police officer Bryan Durman's wife, Brandy, spoke from a place of experience. "Through the death of my husband I have gained some peace," she said. "Even though its not the peace I once knew, its a new normal."
A peace the families now in her same position may one day find. There are a total of 509 names on Kentucky's wall. Some families are travelling to Washington, D.C. next week for the National Police Memorial.