AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Remembering and honoring fallen law enforcement officers is the goal of the organization “Beyond the Call of Duty.”
The “End of Watch Ride” travels across the country to honor the men and women in law enforcement who died in the line of duty.
“They unconditionally, with no reservations, will do the ultimate,” said Jagrut Shah, the chairman and founder of Beyond the Call of Duty, the organization that runs the ride. “I believe that all these beautiful men and women that are servants of the cities, counties, and states, give so much that should be recognized.”
That is what they did for two local law enforcement officers who died on the High Plains last year, honoring Panhandle Police Department’s Assistant Chief, Sgt. Lyle Denny, who died from COVID-19 in December.
“This is overwhelming. I mean, Lyle was not only my work partner, he was my best friend,” said Panhandle Police Chief Sace Hardman. “There are people out there that care for all people and are there remember and realize a lot of what police officers do for their communities.”
Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker, who died after a vehicle accident in March 2020, was also honored.
“He’s not forgotten, He’s continuing to be honored,” said Hutchinson County Chief Deputy Andrew Trahan. “I know the family had a hard time since his passing– we all did. So it’s nice to know that he will always be remembered. Stuff like this is what honors him and other people that have passed on.”
“We love them– everybody. Their son or daughter is not going to be forgotten,” said Shah.
Shah told us last year they visited 94 departments. This year they are going to 194 departments.
He said they will be going to 84 cities this year, traveling more than 22,000 miles.