LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Visitation and funeral arrangements have been made for fallen Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brandon Shirley. The 26-year-old was shot and killed in an ambush while working an off-duty security job at Rockford Lane Auto Sales in Shively around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, August 5.
Here's how you can pay your respects to Deputy Shirley and support his family.
The public visitation for Shirley is Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home at 5317 Dixie Highway.
"You know all he wanted to do was serve our community and make sure that we were safe," shared Makenzie Tipton, who paid her respects on Tuesday. "So I believe everybody should pay their respects to him. I think we owe that to him at least. It's a very sad situation."
The funeral starts at Noon at Southeast Christian Church on Blankenbaker Parkway.
For those looking to show support on Wednesday, its asked that you do not block traffic during the procession.
"For the family to see that kind of outpouring support from the community in a very powerful way," says Eric Johnson, Supporting Heroes "People holding flags people holding signs. Standing with their hands over their heart just visibly showing some emotion that his service, his sacrifice meant something to them.
Procession route to the cemetery
The procession for burial starts at Southeast Christian Church at 920 Blankenbaker Parkway and will travel onto I-64 West. It will exit onto Grinstead, turn onto Cherokee Road to Baxter Avenue.
"He had a passion to serve the community, and that's exactly why he was killed, and that's the tragedy," executive director at Supporting Heroes, Inc. Eric Johnson said. "It should be considered an attack on every citizen because he represents what's good in society."
The fire department will hoist a large American flag at the entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery.
A horse drawn caisson will take Shirley's casket to the grave, located near Muhammad Ali's resting place. A blue line is painted around the caisson to represent "the thin blue line."
There will be a three volley salute from rifles, and the spent shell casings will be given to loved ones.
Two flags will be presented. One will go to his parents and the other to his life partner, Austin.
The last call for Shirley will be broadcast over loudspeakers, and the service will end with 'Amazing Grace.'
The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is collecting donations in support of Shirley's family.
Money donated will go towards burial expenses and unexpected costs. Those who wish to donate may do so at saferlouisville.org or on the foundation's Facebook page.