Hundreds remember fallen Marion County hero

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 7:10 AM

Lebanon, Ky. (WHAS) -- Hundreds of friends, family, co-workers, and community members filled the Marion County High School Saturday afternoon to say a final goodbye to 31-year-old Deputy Anthony Rakes.

Rakes was gunned down Wednesday morning when he stopped to help who he thought was a stranded motorist.

Sheriff Jimmy Clements described a dedicated man whose childhood dream was to become an officer of the law. 

“Thank you Deputy Anthony Rakes for your service, for your friendship, for your love of the community, and your service to Marion County,” Clements said.

Rakes spent 8 years in law enforcement, but the last six years was spent with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the high school Rakes went to, there were long lines of his brothers and sisters in blue giving him one final salute.

During the service the community stood and gave a roaring applause to Rakes’ family.

Rakes is buried at the Old Liberty Cemetery, which is where his parents are also buried. He is survived by his two sisters.

The accused gunman, 49-year-old Dewayne Shipp, is still recovering at University Hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
 

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