December 2, 2020

21st Annual Georgia Police Memorial Ride

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Chapter 7 of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club hosted the 21st Annual Georgia Police Memorial Ride with assistance from C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors).

The ride was created to honor the loss of a co-worker, spouse, mother, father, son or daughter employed in law enforcement that has been killed in the line of duty.

Georgia lost 11 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty to include Heard County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Will Cammon on March 3, 2011. These 11 join the ranks of the 653 officers who died before them in the State of Georgia.

This ride started at Turner Field where nearly 2000 motorcycles along with approximately 40 patrol vehicles and family members traveled to the Atlanta Regional Airport (Falcon Field) in Peachtree City.

After arriving at Falcon Field, family members and riders were treated to lunch and then a fallen heroes program. Guest speakers for the event included Ed Christian with Chapter 7 Blue Knights, Roger Parker with Georgia C.O.P.S and WSB-TV Channel 2 tv personality Jocelyn Dorsey.

During the ceremony, members from various honor guards throughout the state presented a badge and a flag to family members of the fallen officers. The flag had been flown on a motorcycle during the ride from Turner Field.[gpslideshow]

Sheriff Ross Henry accepted the badge and flag on behalf of Deputy Cammon’s family.

Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry, Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah and several officers from both agencies were honored to attend this event to honor one of our own.

Officers from both agencies along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, began the escort in Bremen, Ga., where they escorted members of the chapter 10 West Georgia Blue Knights Motorcycle Club to Turner Field.

“I was amazed at the magnitude of this event. It is so very humbling to see how many people care and respect our fallen officers. We hope to attend future memorial rides to show our appreciation to the heroes and their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Being an agency that has now suffered such a loss, we are deeply appreciative of the care that goes into the planning of events such as this. I would also like to thank the citizens from Franklin/Heard county who attended this event” ~ Sheriff Henry.

“The amount of participants that attended the 21st Annual Georgia Memorial Ride to pay their respect to the law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line of duty was amazing. The organizers of this event do an excellent job in honoring those who have fallen in the line of duty and ensuring that those men and women will never be forgotten, stated Chief Kevin Hannah.

“We were proud to be a part of this event designed to pay tribute to deputy Will Cammon of the Heard County Sheriff’s Office and the many other officers that have lost their lives while protecting and serving” added Hannah.

(Press Release and photos provided by the Heard County Sheriff’s Office)

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