Motorcyclists and officers remember fallen officers

Plaque at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island. (NTV News)

Fallen police officers were remembered at the Nebraska Law Ride, the ninth-annual event that brings out motorcyclists and officers, to commemorate the memory of those who lost their lives during their service.

As officers, there are many different aspects of the job and unfortunately, one of those is risking their lives.

"We never forget those who've paid the ultimate price," Jarett Daugherty, chairmen of the Nebraska Law Memorial Committee, said.

Saturday, at the law enforcement memorial, people came to give tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Trooper Kendall Reed, of the Nebraska State Patrol, said although there can be negative stigmas surrounding the police profession; their main goal is to serve and protect, no matter what the cost.

"There's the ups and downs of law enforcement, abut at the same time there's a lot of people back here on this wall and they've made the ultimate sacrifice and we just want everybody to remember the people that've had to do that while we're in this line of duty," Reed said.

The Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club is the primary fundraiser for the memorial. Brian Soucie, a retired officer, and member of the club, said he's been riding his bike at the law enforcement ride for nine years and feels it's important to continue this tradition.

"It's a very personal thing for all police officers when they lose one of their own. Just had the tragedy out in Iowa recently and so it's very fresh in everyone's mind. And we have a lot of support from the community and from other law enforcement agencies and we just want to bring that all together,” Soucie said.

Daugherty said, the hardest part about coming back every year, is having to add names to the wall of fallen officers.

"Unfortunately from time to time, we have to add names and memorialize the people who had to pay the ultimate price serving their communities. We do that, regardless of if we add a name or not, it's important for us to come back during police week and honor those who've had to pay the ultimate price," Daugherty said.

There will be a community ceremony on Friday, at 10 a.m., at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island.

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