2019 KLEMF Ceremony
Six Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2018 will be honored May 23 at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation ceremony.
The Department of Criminal Justice Training, in conjunction with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, will host the 19th annual remembrance. The ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial monument site, located at DOCJT on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.
This year’s ceremony will honor:
Hickman Police Officer Rodney Smith, end of watch March 2, 2018. Officer Smith drowned in flood waters while on patrol duty.
Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton, end of watch March 13, 2018. Officer Hamilton was shot during the pursuit of a crime suspect.
Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy Rusty Anderson, end of watch March 18, 2018. Deputy Anderson died following a heart attack that occurred while he was conducting an investigation.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Phillip Meacham, end of watch March 29, 2018. Officer Meacham was shot while containing a suspect.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Devin Meriwether, end of watch Nov. 12, 2018. Deputy Meriwether died following a heart attack that occurred while working at his desk at Seneca High School.
Louisville Metro Police Officer Deidre Mengedoht, end of watch Dec. 24, 2018. Officer Mengedoht was killed by another vehicle while making a traffic stop.
Details about speakers, other participants and historical name additions will be released at a later date.
The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation seeks to recognize all Kentucky peace officers who gave their lives in service to the commonwealth. The monument held 541 names as of the 2018 ceremony.
The memorial foundation was established in 1999 to build the monument to Kentucky officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Once the monument was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include an ongoing financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency needs.