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SOLL honors Officer Mengedoht

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By Sam Draut

South Oldham Little League (SOLL) honored fallen Louisville Metro Police Officer Deidre Mengedoht, who died in an accident on Interstate 64 last December while conducting a traffic stop, by unveiling a memorial and renaming a field in her name on Opening Day, Saturday April 13.

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Mengedoht’s son, Preston, led the parade around Peggy Baker Park and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Preston started playing at SOLL in 2015.

“It’s good to have a memorial here and have a field named after my mom,” Preston said. “That was the last field that I played on.”

Field 5 was renamed Dee-Dee field, after the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective who was an Oldham County resident.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele were present for the ceremony. Both spoke to the crowd of several hundred parents and players after the parade.

SOLL raised nearly $2,000 for the Louisville Metro Police Foundation in honor of Mengedoht.

“It’s truly heartwarming, we have shared so many stories about Deidre and the contributions she made to the community,” Conrad said. “Having this large extended family of these folks in Oldham County is amazing.”

SOLL Secretary Kevin Barnes said the area around the memorial, which is next to the park’s flagpole, was built by Unlimited Landscapes and its owner Steve Butler with blocks donated by Techo Bloc.

Butler chose pavers that will reflect with colors of black and blue when the sun light hits it on a sunny day. He also used smaller pavers to symbolize the number of lives Mengedoht touched.

The memorial, which includes a bronze potrait of Mengedoht and reads “May your sacrifice never be forgotten, the love for your community always be felt, and your spirit continue to protect our children on and off the diamond” was contributed by Evans Monuments.

“Back on December 24, 2018, not only did the community lose a brave and heroic woman, we also lost a baseball mom,” Barnes said. “SOLL’s objective is to not only teach the young men and women in our league how to play the games of baseball and softball, but also about life. Unfortunately life includes tragedy. It’s times like these that when we have a member of our family that has paid the ultimate sacrifice that we want to ensure that we remember that individual.”