LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The shocking and sudden death of a Louisville Metro Police officer is expected to bring friends, family and even strangers out Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects.
Many people who worked with the detective are stepping forward to show why his death is such a great loss for the community.
Outside of the Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home on Shelbyville Road, Tuesday morning, mourners were already showing up for the visitation for Jason Schweitzer. The funeral home is expected to be packed.
Schweitzer and another pedestrian were killed when they were hit by a car around 2:30 Saturday morning in Lexington.
Police say 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow was behind the wheel, and that she was under the influence. She is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of DUI.
Schweitzer leaves behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
Today, many who worked closely with Detective Schweitzer say his loss has diminished the community.
"Jason Schweitzer was just an outstanding officer, human being, a person who by every account was a police officer's police officer," said Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine.
Visitation will take place Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., with an FOP service at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.
Supporting Heroes is helping Schweitzer's family plan the funeral.
"He will be honored at every step of the way; when he is moved here in the morning, when he is brought out, as he is taken down for his final place of rest and then of course at the cemetery," Supporting Heros Executive Director, Eric Johnson said. "We render professional honors as what we call active duty honors. He is very deserving of those honors and we will be assisting the department in coordination of those honors."
After the service, a procession will take Schweitzer to Cave Hill Cemetery using Grinstead Drive.
"There's plenty of places along the route particularly along Grinstead or between [the church] and the interstate for people to come out and show their respect," Johnson said.
Donations to the fund for Schweitzer’s family can be made at the Louisville Metro Police Officers Credit Union. Just write his name in the memo line on any checks to designate it to his fund. Any non-monetary donations for Schweitzer’s family can be brought to the River City Lodge 614 at 6204 Price Lane Road, Louisville, KY, 40229.
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