Local officers riding in honor of officers killed in line of duty in Police Unity Tour
COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - For Covington Police Sergeant Bryan Bogard, one of the country's recent line of duty deaths is especially painful.
“One of my academy classmates who just recently died on March 29th of this year, Phillip Meacham. Phillip was killed by gunfire by a suspect who was actually a walk away from a penitentiary,” Bogard said.
Bogard will ride in honor of Meacham and Louisville Officer Nick Rodman in the Police Unity Tour. 17 local officers will join others from all over, each riding in memory of someone killed while serving.
Bogard describes the tour. “We start all locations on the eastern sea board and we all wind up in Washington D.C. on May 12th and then we all ride into the Police Officers’ Memorial in Washington D.C.,” he said.
Saturday, Wooden Cask Brewery is hosting a fundraiser for the officers. Each officer has to raise $1,800 for the ride.
Bogard said, “What we've done in conjunction with One Stop Liquor, we have taken bourbon barrels and Randy has brewed a beer, placed them in the bourbon barrels and we're doing a release of the Thin Blue Line.”
Covington Police Specialist Mark Richardson will ride for the second time. He has been shot while on duty and despite the shooting, Richardson still loves the job.
Richardson said, “I still want to go out and represent those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I know what it is and how close it is and in a moment's notice things can change and we don't ever want to forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The ride is hard physically and emotionally, but to support the fallen and their families, the officers say it's worth it.
“These officers put their lives on the line every day. These officers we're riding for didn't make it home that night,” said Bogard.
The fundraiser is Saturday evening at Wooden Cask Brewery in Newport from 7 p.m. -midnight.
The Police Unity Tour raises money to preserve the memorial in Washington D.C. and to help families of fallen officers. The tour goes from May 10th-12th. Last year, the tour raised $2.6 million.