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IMAGES | Louisville community salutes fallen LMPD Officer Nick Rodman

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Somber doesn't even begin to describe the moment. 

"Our entire city mourns the loss of Officer Nick Rodman," Mayor Greg Fischer said Wednesday. "He gave his life. He paid the ultimate sacrifice, protecting the citizens of Louisville."

A flag was draped over his body as he was escorted out of University Hospital on Wednesday evening. Fellow LMPD officers stood in salute. 

Rodman's family showed extreme courage through their unimaginable grief. And when an officer falls, a community mourns. 

"These guys put their lives on the line every single day," said Matthew Beakler, who stopped to watch the procession of Rodman's body from downtown Louisville to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office in Anchorage. "And they don't know if they are coming back home or not."

Officer Rodman's body was escorted from University Hospital, onto the Watterson Expressway, to the Medical Examiner's Office on La Grange Road. 

Beakler was just one of many Louisvillians who paused to show respect as the procession passed.  

"It's a wake up call," he said. "Just what these guys do every day ... A lot of people don't appreciate what these guys do, and it's really sad.

"I have all the utmost respect for them."

Onlookers struggled to find the right words, just hoping to show appreciation. 

"They put their lives on the line for us," Fischer said. "They are underappreciated, and sometimes, tragically, they pay the ultimate price as they work to keep us safe.

"Please pray for Nick and his family."

A police memorial will be held at the county fallen officers' memorial in Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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