MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The road from Monroe to Rayville packed with motorcycles today. American flags soared behind them as they paid tribute to officers killed in the line of duty.
"There’s nothing better than to show support and give respect to these guys that made the ultimate sacrifice protecting us,” said Zak Breland. It's that kind of sacrifice that he knows so well. It's the reason he was inspired to start the memorial ride, after tragedy struck the Sterlington Police Department last year. "My buddy David Elahi was killed July third of last year and he loved riding motorcycles," he said.
Hundreds of motorcyclists came out to ride for people like Sergeant Elahi. In that crowd was Sterlington Police Chief Barry Bonner. He was honored to be part of today's ride, but he knows the circumstances behind it. He said, "It would be nice if the list of officers just didn't grow any at all, but you know the sad truth of it is that's not going to happen and it's going to grow."
Today's ride also a chance to give back to the families of the fallen officers. Not only does the ride support them emotionally, but financially too. All the money raised will help send those families to retreats.
For people who know that pain, the support is tremendous. They say it’s worth donating just a little time and money for those who have given so much more.