CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- The Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office have completed their 280 miles cycling tour to honor those who died in the line of duty.
“Why am I doing this? And I’m quite certain every single one of you reflected at the exact same moment, I know exactly why,” said Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy.
Around 50 law enforcement and survivors biked over 280 miles from Clarksville, Tennessee to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Chattanooga to honor those who died in the line of duty.
“Some of the names of Chattanooga were read in the 60s. I knew those officers that lost their lives. I’ve been in this 50 years it just, it reminds me, I can almost, when I hear the name, remember exactly where they were when they lost their lives,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond.
The Law Enforcement Memorial was the last stop on the Law Enforcement United bike tour before they finished.
“Well, I’m proud of it. I’m proud of us doing it every year, a little saddened that we have not been able to do a full ceremony. This year was a little more so and hopefully, next year will be back to where we can do the whole event,” said Hammond.
Law enforcement said biking 280 miles is a small sacrifice for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“The measure of sacrifice that you gave over the last few days is a small reflection on the level of sacrifice of the names of the wall by me. And the names on the wall in Nashville. And the names on a wall in DC,” said Roddy.
The other three sides of the memorial have someone inside of them, this one is left empty for an important reason.
“The piece on the other side well there’s nobody unfortunately is there for the next fallen officer that may come along,” said Hammond.
Roddy added if you want to help an officer just say thank you.