Cathedral of the Assumption to Host Louisville Blue Mass to Honor First Responders, Remember Those Who Have Fallen in Line of Duty

September 11, 2019

Both bound by the calling to humbly serve their community, the Cathedral of the Assumption and local first responders will come together for a Blue Mass on Thursday, September 12, at 7:00 PM. Representatives from the Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Fire Department, Louisville Emergency Medical Services and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will give thanks for the work of current and former first responders and pay tribute to lives lost in the line of duty. The service will be held at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.

The Very Reverend Martin A. Linebach, Vicar General, will preside over the Blue Mass, a special service that has become a nationwide remembrance since its inception in 1934 in Washington, D.C. The Louisville event coincides with the anniversary of the September 11 tragedies in Washington D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania where hundreds of first responders were lost.

“Our first responders take risks each day and make sacrifices as they strive to keep our community safe,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “It takes all of us together to make a safer city, and that includes support from our faith community. I join the Cathedral of the Assumption in honoring our first responders and paying tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty.”

Locally, the deaths of LMPD Officer Nick Rodman, and, most recently, Detective Deidre Mengedoht, moved parish leaders to hold their own service. In 2017, LFD also mourned the loss of Sergeant Tim Groft, who served 15 years with the department.

“The Blue Mass allows us to honor heroes in our community – the women and men who put themselves in harm’s way daily to serve, protect, and defend us,” said Maggie Cyphers, Director of Worship at the Cathedral. “As members of a servant church, it is only fitting that we recognize the extraordinary dedication to the public servants who quietly exemplify the noblest virtues of our faith.”

In keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, drum corps and bagpipe players from all first responder agencies will be on hand. Hymns will be played in addition to the revered Taps, frequently played at funeral and memorial services. An honor guard will also perform ceremonial duties.

However, this will also be a day of celebration and pride. Beginning at 5:30 PM, South Fifth Street will shut down between West Muhammad Ali Boulevard and West Liberty Street for a display of police wares including a helicopter, fire engines, ambulances, and even mounted police. The street will remain closed until approximately 9:30 PM. The public is invited to greet first responders, learn about their professions, and thank them for all they do. Agencies interested in participating in the event should contact Maggie Cyphers at (502) 657-5222 or [email protected]. #