Media Contact: Nicole Burton
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 31, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, from sunrise to sunset, as a mark of respect for fallen Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Deidre "Dee Dee" Mengedoht.
“Today, many from throughout Kentucky and across America attended a memorial service to pay respects to Detective Mengedoht and her family,” said Gov. Bevin. “It was a sobering reminder of the sacrifices that our law enforcement officers make every day as they protect and serve the rest of us. For this reason, it is fitting to pay tribute on the first day of the New Year, to the life and selfless service of this fallen officer.
“There is truly no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for others. Detective Mengedoht embodied the very best characteristics of our society, and we ask the Commonwealth to join us in honoring her life and line-of-duty death, by lowering all flags to half-staff on New Year's Day 2019.”
Detective Mengedoht was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 24, while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville.
Gov. Bevin encourages all Kentuckians, businesses, organizations, and government agencies to join this show of support for Detective Mengedoht's family and the Louisville Metro community.
KRS 2.041 grants the Governor authority to issue a proclamation calling upon state officials to display U.S. flags at half-staff on all buildings, for not less than one day, in the event of the death of Kentucky emergency response personnel in the line of duty.
Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.