LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A casket draped with red, white and blue.  A final farewell to a true hero at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Officer Nick Rodman's brothers and sisters in blue stood at attention paying their respect to one of their own killed in the line of duty. Thirty-years-old with only three years on the force, his legacy will live on as the next generation.  Two young boys stood at attention to honor the fallen officer.  The final radio call for Officer Rodman broadcast at the gravesite.

“Officer Rodman served the Louisville Metro Police Department and the citizens of Louisville Metro with honor, integrity and distinction.”

Special moments like this happened throughout the day. Officer Rodman's Division embraced, supporting each other, along with the police chief Steve Conrad.

“Nick's sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.  He will be remembered forever as a true hero,” Chief Conrad said.

But through the tears, there was time for laughter, telling stories that painted a colorful picture of Officer Rodman.

“Then there's Carly.  This poor girl never stood a chance with Nick as a brother.  Whenever a boy would come to the house to pick her up, Nick would call his dad with the boy's license plate just in case dad wanted to investigate,” Officer Rick Veahl, LMPD, said.

3,500 people filed out of Southeast Christian Church, leading the way for Officer Rodman. An 11-mile drive to Cave Hill Cemetery filled with support.  Fire trucks and firefighters greeted Officer Rodman from the shoulders of I-64 to the overpasses of Browns Lane and Cannons Lane.  As the procession got closer to Grinstead, drivers on the opposite of the interstate stopped, showing their respect.

Old Glory welcomed him to his final destination.  A sea of blue stood by to welcome their brother home with full honors.  A final salute for an officer who made the ultimate sacrifice for the community he loved.