Family and friends mourn the loss of a father and well-liked Hodgenville police officer.


by Gene Kang

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

(WHAS 11) -- It has made a huge impact on the tight-knit community.
Hodgenville's Mark Taulbee died in an early Sunday morning crash on Campbellsville Road.
He was chasing 29-year-old Jason Avis following a domestic dispute.
Taulbee somehow lost control and his cruiser went airborne and landed in a ditch.
He served on the Hodgenville police force for 13 months, one of five officers. A final salute for a fallen friend with a procession of 20 patrol cars over the weekend.
He leaves behind a wife, 20-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.
Taulbee was a chief deputy with the Butler County Sheriff's Department for nearly four years. His former sheriff said he was one of the best.

Joe Gaddie, former Butler County Sheriff, said, "He had a good sense of humor and when you have to diffuse a situation that escalated, he could brings things under control fairly quickly as you could do. He was a real nice guy to be around. He was a good Christian man."

Clara Druien, Hodgenville resident, said, "It really impacts the town. This is a a very sad day and our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

Avis is charged with Wanton Endangerment and Fleeing Police. Police say other charges are pending.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Taulbee:
Visitation Thursday 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. until Noon.
Funeral Friday at Noon.
Everything will take place at the Civic Center in Hodgenville.