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Motorcyclists ride to honor Georgia law enforcement officers

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These are the officers killed in the line-of-duty in Georgia in 2016. (SOURCE: WGCL) These are the officers killed in the line-of-duty in Georgia in 2016. (SOURCE: WGCL)
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Georgia motorcycle enthusiasts gathered Saturday for a ride they said was organized to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2016.

The ride, held Saturday, was organized to honor the nine law enforcement officers across the state who died. 

Police escorted the riders through the street starting at the Atlanta Expo Center on Jonesboro Rd. and ending at the same place.

Video posted to social media shows a number of rides, escorted by police leaving the Expo Center Saturday afternoon. The event marks the 26th annual occasion and was followed by a lunch and a Fallen Heroes program to honor the families of those fallen officers. 



2016 deadly year for law enforcement

This year has surpassed the past two years at least twofold, and an unprecedented seven of the nine deaths of officers were due to gunfire. Here are the names of the officers who have died this year.

  • Officer Jodi Smith, Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety
  • Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, Americus Police Department
  • Deputy Sheriff Justin White, Newton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Sheriff Daryl Smallwood, Peach County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sgt. Patrick Michael Sondron, Peach County Sheriff’s Office
  • Officer Timothy Kevin Smith, Eastman Police Department
  • Inca (K9 Officer), Cherokee County School District Police Department
  • Anthony Freeman, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Maj. Gregory E. Barney, Riverdale Police Department

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