LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a detective with the Louisville Metro Police Department went from planning a Christmas gathering to planning his funeral.

On Thursday, the family of Det. Paul Oliver shared their heartbreak, disbelief, and how they want the community to remember their lost loved one.

"My brother was a good cop, he had good intentions and he loved his community," Paul Oliver's brother, Matthew Oliver, said. "And he loved his brothers in blue."

LMPD hired Oliver, an Eastern Kentucky University graduate, in 2013 and promoted him to detective earlier this year. Police work aside, loved ones said Oliver's biggest source of pride was his new wife Katie. The couple married in July. 

"Above all, he loved his wife..." Matthew Oliver said. "She just lost the love of her life. And how do you fill that void?"

Tragically, it was with all this promise of a new chapter of life that Det. Paul Oliver died Wednesday, days after his 29th birthday.

"You could see the (hospital) workers there ... they were doing everything they could to save my brother," Matthew Oliver said. "They tried to get him back and there was just nothing there."

Matthew Oliver said his brother had back surgery Dec. 11 at Baptist Hospital in Louisville. A post to his Facebook page said his "L5 nerve was completely squashed."

Doctors released him on Dec.16, his birthday, but Oliver was rushed back to the Baptist Floyd County Hospital near his home Wednesday, in distress.

"We don't know where it came from," Matthew Oliver said. "It hit us out of the blue."

Authorities have not determined a cause of death yet.

"We're going to let the autopsy tell us what the facts are, because we want to know," Matthew Oliver said.

The coroner scheduled that autopsy for Friday.

It's the second sudden loss for Louisville's First Division. Oliver was a beat partner with Officer Nick Rodman who died earlier this year after a police chase.

"I have thought about him and Nick being back together, and what kind of mischief they're getting into now," Matthew Oliver said.

Matthew Oliver said the two brothers in blue may be reunited, but it's still bittersweet for the family members left behind. Paul Oliver is survived by his parents and three siblings.

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Anyone wishing to help Oliver's family, accounts have been set up in his name at all Jefferson County Federal Credit Union locations, as well as the Louisville Metro Police Officers Credit Union. 

For more info, head to the LMPD Facebook page

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