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South Oldham Little League plans to honor fallen officer

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By Sam Draut

South Oldham Little League plans to honor Deidre Mengedoht, a Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective that was killed in the line of duty while conducting a traffic stop Dec. 24.

South Oldham Little League Secretary Kevin Barnes wants the community to come together to help raise funds for a memorial plaque and naming of a field in her honor. Mengedoht’s son, Preston, played several seasons at South Oldham Little League and participated in a winter camp last year.

“Once I heard the news and realized who it was, it really hit home, not only to myself, but the other board members at South Oldham that know Detective Mengedoht as a member of the community,” Barnes said.

Mengedoht, who was an Oldham County resident, was killed in an accident on Interstate 64. A semi-truck operated by a driver, who was later arrested on charges of murder and operating under the influence, struck the back of Mengedoht’s vehicle while she was inside and pushed her police car into another vehicle.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said Mengedoht’s vehicle caught fire and she was killed in the collision.

Barnes wanted a way for the community to say ‘Thank you for your service,’ so a memorial plaque and naming of a field seemed important. He hopes that South Oldham Little League can unveil the memorial plaque and celebrate the naming of a ball field on Opening Day in April.

The league posted the information on its page Jan. 14 and has already received a multitude of donations, including a contribution from a team in Nevada. Barnes wants to raise enough money to finance a memorial and a donation to the Louisville Metro Police Foundation in Mengedoht’s name.

“No amount of money can replace the loss of a family member or the emotional strain that they are going through,” Barnes said. “Events like this can be a spark plug to pull the community together and get them to rally around another family.”

Donations of $10 can be made at South Oldham Little League Memorial Fund and additional amounts can be contributed by contacting South Oldham Little League at southoldhamlittleleagueKY@gmail.com