LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3/LEX 18) – On Sunday hundreds gathered in Louisville to pay their respects to a police detective who was killed on the job.
32-year-old Deidre Mengedoht was working a traffic stop on Christmas Eve when her cruiser was hit by a semi, leaving many in the community heartbroken.
“It’s really great to see people come together and you know love her that don’t even know her salute her as she goes by and all that stuff this is so great for me it’s a heartwarming thing for me to see so many people out on the streets thinking about her she’s a sweet kid,” said Mengedoht’s Grandfather Gill Stotts.
On Saturday people lined the streets of Louisville in the cold to show their support during a procession for the fallen officer.
One stop along the procession was extra special, bringing a granddaughter back to her grandfather.
“She was a pretty girl on the outside and she was very pretty on the inside,” said Stotts.
A smaller group of family and friends gathered at Resthaven Funeral Home to remember the short life of Detective Mengedoht.
She leaves behind a son and grieving family now forced to say goodbye far too soon.
“She was working for God and he had to take her in such a violent way, that’s why it’s so hard,” said Stotts.