Blue Knights Remember Fallen Officers

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The families of police officers dread the moment they might get a call telling them their loved one has been killed in the line of duty.

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation was formed to help the families of slain officers, and today's Ride 2 Remember was a major fund raiser for the foundation.

There are 407 names engraved on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond, and the 3 officers whose names have been added most recently were honored along with their families prior to today's memorial motorcycle ride sponsored by the Blue Knights.

Kentucky Chapter 11 President Joe Gilliland tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "The Blue Knights is a law enforcement organization. You have to be a retired or active officer with arrest powers. Since the inception of the Blue Knights, they've raised over 10 million dollars for different charities and organizations."

The Blue Knights began back in the 1970's in Maine when 7 friends, all in law enforcement got together to ride motorcycles. The organization now numbers nearly 20,000 members worldwide.

Gilliland says, "It's a big outfit. We're proud and our motto is ride with pride. We just want these officers to know that if something does happen to them, they won't be forgotten. We'll be here to remember them and help their families.

Garland Lacy, the brother of Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy, who was shot by a prisoner he was transporting, says, "I appreciate the Blue Knights and what they're doing. Randy was an extraordinary fella, but all these tributes, he would have been shocked by what we're seeing. He never felt like he was special. They do."

135 Riders from across Kentucky and beyond took part in today's event, including some who rode here all the way from Georgia out of respect for fallen officers everywhere.

Ed Christian, the President of a Blue Knights chapter in Fayetteville, Georgia, says, "I've been beside them when they've died. I've held them in my arms. It's healing for me to do this. It's healing for their families. It's something we always have to do."

Today's ride raisednearly $4,000. It concluded in Pulaski County where Sheriff Sam Catron's final watch ended on April 13, 2002.

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