LEBANON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Marion Co. Sheriff's Deputy who has murdered early Wednesday morning has been laid to rest. Anthony Rakes was given a farewell worthy of a hero.
Hundreds of police officers and other first responders from Kentucky and outside the state gathered at Marion Co. High School to pay their respects to a fallen colleague.
"When an officer dies in the line of duty, all public safety bands together. I think it's great today to see the support that's come out," said Lt. Todd Shaw of the group Supporting Heroes.
They came knowing it could easily have been any one of them.
"We're many parts, but we're one brotherhood." said Tim Hazlette, chief of the Campbellsville Police Department.
Inside, each officer passed single file by the open casket, pausing to salute
Anthony Rakes was honored as a man who triumphed over tragedy, the deaths of his mother and father, and realized his dream of becoming a police officer.
"Anthony understood the risks involved with his career. But he truly loved what he did. He was a good man," eulogized Marion Co. Sheriff Jimmy Clements.
That was a phrase used often to describe Rakes. He was a good man.
"If Anthony had to die, if he had to choose his death, he couldn't have died no better way than the day he died, just serving his community. Amen. He loved what he did," said Pastor Bo Sherrell of Abundant Harvest Community Church.
And his community showed love for him. A three-mile long procession of some 200 cars slowly wound its way to the nearby cemetery for a final tribute; the traditional horseless rider, a flyover by a police helicopter, and a 21-gun salute.
Then the final call over the police radio.
"This is the final call for Unit 1204, Deputy Anthony Rakes. Deputy Rakes served the Marion Co. Sheriff's Office and the Lebanon Police Department with honor, integrity and distinction. Unit 1204, Deputy Anthony Rakes is 10-7. May he rest in peace."
So, Anthony Rakes has been laid to rest, with everyone here hoping, praying that it's a very long time before this kind of tribute must be repeated.