Guns of Justice Motorcycle Club rides on Saturday in memory of fallen officers


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:11 PM

By Adrianna Hopkins

(WHAS11) Many people in Kentuckiana will never forget the day Louisville police officer Peter Grignon was shot to death.

His memory and the sacrifice of other officers are being honored today with a 53 mile ride; by The Guns of Justice Motorcycle Club.

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One-by-one they rounded the corner into the Harley Davidson parking lot, the starting point of the 53 mile ride to Dixie Hwy. They were braving the heat in honor of Patrolman Keith Broady and his partner Corporal Dan Llawhorn.

Keith Broady said, "It gives me goose bumps thinking about it."& #160; And Dan Lawhorn said "It's nice to know that that many people would come out and support us."

The two Jeffersonville police officers were ambushed and shot in the line of duty in February.

This 5th annual Grignon Memorial Bike Rride is a fundraiser for the two; with around 400 bikers donating $20 to ride. The event is named for Peter Grignon, an LMPD officer, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in March, 2005.

Brad Woolridge, the event organizer, said "We don't want people to forget the sacrifices that Peter and the other officers in our community paid."

This event is all about support, not just for Broady and Lawhorn, but for Rebecca Grignon, Peter's widow and Sue Wells, the widow of Randy Wells, the chief of police for the Forest Hills neighborhood, who was killed in 2007.

Sue Wells said, "There are times that i don't think about it every second of the day. I can go for a couple of days, and then I'll get a zing and it's a remembrance; a sad remembrance." Rebecca Grignon said, "It's overwhelming and it's very comforting to know that people stand together. And it's good for the community to see that and it's good for the community to join in. It wasn't anything that we set out to do. But they're turning it into a great thing for us."

Broady rode along with the group as they made their way onto the interstate. He said he's honored that this many people came out to ride by his side.

The 150 plus motorcylists raised about $3000 on Saturday.

Officer Broady said he's feeling pretty good, but still in the healing process. He was shot in the torso in an area unprotected by his vest. Lawhorn said he still has some lingering leg pains, but he's taking it day to day. The ride ended at the Texas Roadhouse on Dixie Highway.