Ride to honor fallen officers stops in Lincoln County

Published 5:01 pm Friday, July 2, 2021

Participants in the Beyond the Call of Duty Ride to Remember 2020 made a brief visit to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon.

Six motorcyclists and two pickups pulling trailers stayed for just over an hour to allow officers and the public to see the faces and read the names of the men and women of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2020.

Across the 366 days of the past year, 362 officers died. Among them were Lincoln County Correctional Officer Marshall Lee “Bem” London Jr., end of watch May 18; Simpson County Deputy James H. Blair, formerly a Lincoln County Constable, end of watch June 12; and Brookhaven Police Department. Lt. Marzell Brooks, end of watch Nov. 15.

Their photos and names were displayed on the trailer along with the other 359 U.S. fallen officers of 2020.

Allison McCarter, one of the six BCD riders who traveled from the non-profit’s headquarters in Spokane Valley, Washington, said the purpose of the trailer and the ride is to make sure these men and women are not forgotten.

“We want their faces to be seen so people will never forget the sacrifice they made,” McCarter said.

The group also provides emotional, tangible and financial support to the distressed families and support networks of officers, as well as the officers themselves who have been injured, become gravely ill, or suffered a traumatic event including loss of life during the line of public service duty, McCarter said.