Ceremony held to honor 2 fallen officers from Kentucky


by Amy Stallings


Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 9:31 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Kentucky police officers killed in the line of duty are being honored Tuesday, May 7.

It's part of a ceremony for fallen officers at the Department of Criminal Justice Training Center in Richmond, Ky.

The officers honored on Tuesday, April 7, in front of hundreds are Hodgenville Police officer Mark Taulbee and Marion County sheriff's deputy Anthony Rakes.  Both men died in 2012.

Taulbee died in Sept. 2012, when he crashed his car during a pursuit with a suspect. In Nov. 2012, Rakes was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

The families of both fallen heroes were at Tuesday’s ceremony each received a United States Flag as the names of their loved ones were read aloud and unveiled on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.

“I’m proud and sad at the same time, because I miss him dearly,” Anita Elder, sister of Rakes, said.

The memorial has more than 500 names on it.

Manson Taulbee said it’s been a rough eight months since his brother was killed, but he finds comfort in knowing he died while living his life-long dream.

“From the time he was a little feller he always wanted to be a police officer,” Taulbee said.
Elder said the memorial wall serves as a symbol of the everlasting memory of her brother.  She said she will proudly display the flag given to her on Tuesday.
“It’s going in my living room so everyone can see when they get to my house,” Elder said.
Governor Steve Beshear was the key note speaker at the ceremony. Six other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from 1884 to 1950 were also honored. Their names were engraved in the memorial wall as well.