LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For the last 13 years, dozens of law enforcement officers could be spotted crowded around a grave at the Cave Hill Cemetery on March 23. They hold a memorial every year to honor officer Peter Grignon.
After responding to a call on this date in 2005, Grignon, an officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department, was shot in the head by a 17-year-old who then turned the gun on himself.
"Losing Peter is the most devastating thing I've ever dealt with," Grignon's widow Rebecca Grignon-Reker said.
The Grignons had recently returned from a trip celebrating their one year wedding anniversary shortly before his murder. Following her husband's death, Grignon-Reker wasn't left alone. She believes there may be nothing bigger than the bond of blue.
"You see the influx of love and support and you know, 'Hey, we're all doing this together,'" Grignon-Reker said.
Grignon-Reker had to remind a family she knows well of that last year. Just five days after her husband's memorial, LMPD Officer Nick Rodman was killed in the line of duty.
"George Rodman actually set up a class to remember Peter before Nick was killed," Grignon-Reker said. "Nick was actually here March the 23 last year remembering with us."
Both officers badges, their commitment to blue, and sacrifice they've made never will be forgotten.