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Bikers Take To The Streets To Support Fallen Officer


Nearly three weeks have passed since the Louisville Metro Police Department lost one of its own. Officer Peter Grignon was shot and killed while responding to a call. Sunday, thousands of people made sure Grignon's memory is not forgotten.

A gorgeous Sunday afternoon proved perfect to rev up for a ride. It's a day Peter Grignon would have loved.

"He bought a motorcycle to impress me while we were dating he said. I don't know if that's true. He would take me out riding. It was pretty awesome," said Rebecca Grignon, Peter's widow.

It's a joyride Peter Grignon can't take part in, but one he is very much a part of.

"I'm very sorry for his family's loss, and it's just hard," young Matthew Sullivan, a ride participant.

On March 23rd, Grignon was responding to a call about a stolen truck. Shortly after arriving, he was shot by 17-year-old Travis Ballard. Ballard then shot and killed himself.

"I would give anything to have him back, but to know that people care like this, it makes it easier. It makes getting through it easier," said Rebecca Grignon.

The bikers who turned out weren't all officers, but they are well aware of the sacrifices they make.

"When somebody needs help, we all rally around and try to help them," rider Joni Covan.

"Show appreciation and love fo the police. They're out there to put their life on the line, and this is the ultimate sacrifice. This is what happens," said Harold Covan.

About 2,000 strong, they wound their way through town before stopping at Jefferson Square where a wreath was laid in tribute and where Peter Grignon's name will be added to the Fallen Officers Memorial for those killed in the line of duty.

"He's thinking this is very cool, and it's nice that this many people care," said Rebecca Grignon. "It s amazing, Peter would be very proud."

Grignon was 28-years-old when he died. He had served as a Metro Police officer for two years.

To keep Grignon's memory alive, the bike run will be held every year two Sunday's before Thunder Over Louisville.