Nebraska Law Ride Honors Fallen Officers

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty were remembered Saturday morning all over Nebraska.

More than one hundred bikers in Omaha joined the Iron Warriors Club for the 4th annual Nebraska Law Ride, reviving up their engines and getting ready to ride for a purpose.

Officer Brian Soucie helped lead the ride. A 26-year veteran, Soucie worked as an officer in Hastings for years, before leaving the department.

The man who took over his shift, Officer Joel Conklin, was killed just three weeks later on the job.
Officer Conklin died after being shot in the head after responding to a disturbance at a residence. He had worn the same badge number as Soucie, which was 17.

“I knew Joel really well and the whole event really makes it a personal event,” says Soucie.

“We want to honor him and all the other fallen officers today.”

The Nebraska Law Ride honors Conklin and 129 other law officers who have died or been killed in the line of duty. Riders from North Platte, Lincoln, Sidney, and Omaha met up at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island Saturday afternoon,

Janele Dejoode came from Des Moines to participate. She says the ride is a symbolic reminder of how men and women lay their life on the line everyday.

“It truly brings up and front to people our law enforcement officers, our firefighters, our military are all serving for our freedoms. It’s really important”.

Omaha Police Chaplain, Ward Doering, says the day is also about meeting up with old friends and enjoying the ride.

“This is a great opportunity for the officers to get out and let of steam in a good, solid, wholesome way.”

“They love their motorcycles, we love the Lord, and we're here to honor those guys.”

The ride comes a couple days before the annual commemoration of the Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island Monday. The commemoration helps kick off to National Police Week.

The Iron Warrior Motorcycle Club hopes to raise $4,000 from the ride.

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