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(From Bluffton Police Department)

On Saturday, July 13th at 3 p.m., Beyond the Call of Duty’s End of Watch Ride to Remember will arrive in Bluffton to honor the late Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis (EOW March 31, 2022).

Beyond the Call of Duty and their End of Watch Ride to Remember is a Spokane Valley, Washington-based organization that travels the country every other summer with its rolling memorial to commemorate police officers killed in the line of duty over the previous two years.

The organization stops in every community across the United States where a loved one has died in the line of duty to pay their final respects to the officer, their families and departments. The purpose of Beyond the Call of Duty “is to ensure that no officer is forgotten, that their families know their loved one has not been forgotten, and that there is recognition, support and understanding to help them heal. We also support department safety and training to reduce the number of officers who die each year.”

Founder Jagrut Shah, a former deputy sheriff, says they wanted to show police departments and their families who have lost partners and friends that they are not alone. “I wanted to fill that gap, give back to police departments, and let the surviving officers and their families know that their loss is not forgotten.”

  • In 2024, beginning June 1, 2024, the EOW Ride will honor 259 fallen officers killed in the line of duty across 234 different departments in 2022 and 2023. The ride will cover 22,500 miles in 73 days.
  • Information about the organization and this year’s ride can be found at www.endofwatchride.com

The rolling memorial will arrive at the Bluffton Dairy Freeze, 595 S Main St, at approximately 3 p.m. and depart through downtown Bluffton with a police escort at approximately 4:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton Police Department at 419-358-2961 ext. 110 or (email protected)

Lieutenant Matt Oglesbee