Hundreds gather to remember Hodgenville officer killed in the line of duty


by WHAS11

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 22 at 12:13 AM

(WHAS11) -- Hundreds gathered at the Hodgenville Civic Center to remember Officer Mark Taulbee who died in the line of duty.

Family, friends and fellow officers from places like Bowling Green, Shepherdsville, Louisville, Elizabethtown as well as Kentucky State troopers came to honor him.

Taulbee served as a Hodgenville officer only 13 months before that, he was chief deputy of the Butler County sheriff's office.

Those who knew him best say he was born to be a cop.

"Mark cared and believed he could make a difference. Mark cared about his fellow man and cared about making the world a better place," said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruise.

Officer Taulbee died in an early Sunday morning crash on Campbellsville Road. He was chasing Jason Avis, 29, following a domestic dispute.

Taulbee lost control and his cruiser went airborne and landed in a ditch. He served on the Hodgenville police force for only 13 months, one of five officers.

There was a final salute with a procession of 20 patrol cars. Photos: Procession honors fallen officer.

Thousands of blue lights flashed as the procession wound through the countryside.
Neighbor Gene Bible spent most of the week mowing the field where the hundreds of police vehicles would park.
"This is my neighbor's brother and it's impressive to see the outpouring of law enforcement officers and private citizens, neighbors and people who have come together to help a family in a time of need," said Bible.

He leaves behind a wife, 20-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.

Previously, Taulbee was a chief deputy with the Butler County Sheriff's Department for four years. His former sheriff says he was a standup officer of good character.

He will be buried in the Taulbee family cemetery in Cecelia. He was a native of Whitesburg and Cecelia.