Trinity High School 2020 Peace Medal Recipient





This marks the 50th year that the Trinity High School community has awarded the Trinity Peace Medal. The award recognizes a deserving individual or group for efforts that promote peacemaking, justice building, and service to others. Mr. Klaus Mittelsten H’92, who at the time was chair of Trinity’s Foreign Language Department, initiated the award, along with then-Trinity principal Rev. Thomas Duerr H’92.  Recent recipients have included Mr. Russ Read, Ms. Karina Barillas, Dr. Roy Germano ’98 Ph.D., the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, and Mayor Greg Fischer ’76.

The 2020 Trinity Peace Medal is awarded to Mr. Buddy Dumeyer.

Buddy graduated from Saint Xavier in 1974 and went on to the University of Louisville to earn a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Police Administration. In 1979 he joined the Louisville Police Department. During his 24 years with the department, he was an original member of the Crimes Against Children Unit, served 11 years on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, was a sergeant in the Burglary Unit and was a Lieutenant Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. In 1989 Buddy was presented the national Bryce L. Woody Award for major investigative accomplishments and work with the victims of child abuse. That same year the Louisville Jaycees made him a Citizen of the Month for locating an abducted infant and arresting the offender. He was also given the Chief’s Award in 1998 for his distinguished leadership in the Police Department and actively coordinating several community outreach programs designed to build trust and partnership within the community. In 2003, after the merger of Louisville and Jefferson County, Buddy continued his service as a captain and commander of the newly formed Public Integrity Unit.

After retiring from the Police Department in 2005, Buddy began a new career in the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office as a Deputy Coroner.  A year later, he was appointed as Director of the Indigent Burial Program. It was in this position that he worked with local high schools (Trinity included) to begin the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Society whose mission was to provide a dignified, honorable and compassionate graveside prayer service to people who had passed away as homeless, destitute or abandoned. Often these were people who faced countless struggles in life and died alone with no family, home or resources, but now would be provided with peace, dignity, and grace in death. The members of the SJOAS serve as pall bearers and participate in the graveside prayer services through readings and prayers. With Buddy’s leadership, the program has spread to numerous high schools and colleges in the area that now take turns assisting at the gravesite services which now include those for infants who died at birth and were abandoned.  Since its founding, the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Society groups have assisted at thousands of funerals filling up River Valley Cemetery and moving to Meadow View Cemetery. The groups assist at gravesides throughout the year and regardless of the weather. Trinity’s SJOAS also helps with landscaping and upkeep of both cemeteries.

Buddy’s recognition of the dignity of every human person, regardless of their life circumstances, is a tribute to him and serves as an outstanding example for our students. His concern for the dignity of all – even in death – has been the hallmark of his career in the Coroner’s Office.  He was appointed Chief Deputy Coroner in 2009 and held that position until he retired in 2016. Buddy continues as a volunteer in the burial program.

Buddy and his wife, Susan, have four children: Matthew ’99, Sarah, Bennett ’07, and Graham ’10.

Trinity is proud and honored to bestow this 50th annual Trinity Peace Medal to Mr. Buddy Dumeyer.

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