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LMPD Officer honored 8 years after being killed

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LMPD Officer Pete Grignon was killed in the line of duty on March 23, 2005. LMPD Officer Pete Grignon was killed in the line of duty on March 23, 2005.
Eric Johnson, Executive Director of Supporting Heroes, says Peter Grignon's death got everyone's attention. Eric Johnson, Executive Director of Supporting Heroes, says Peter Grignon's death got everyone's attention.
Don Grignon, Peter's father, says Supporting Heroes stepped in and helped the family through its grief. Don Grignon, Peter's father, says Supporting Heroes stepped in and helped the family through its grief.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This week marks a painful anniversary for the Kentuckiana law enforcement community.

LMPD Officer Peter Grignon was killed in the line of duty eight years ago.

This week, his family, police and Supporting Heroes -- an organization that supports fallen emergency responders -- will honor his sacrifice.

"He may no longer be physically with us, but his memory and his legacy are things that we want this community to remember," said Peter's father, Don Grignon.

Eric Johnson, Executive Director of Supporting Heroes -- formed shortly before Grignon was killed -- says his death "hit everyone."

"For a young officer like that, newly married, to be shot and killed in such a way by a juvenile -- it got everyone's attention," Johnson said.

While the tragedy had everyone's attention, Supporting Heroes was there for the family.

"We determine what it would take each month to take care of the family and we provide a monthly income to take care of all the bills," Johnson said.

A plaque that hangs in Johnson's office displays the names of police officers, firefighters and EMTs from across Kentuckiana who died in the line of duty.

Johnson says their families qualify for state and federal benefits, but it takes several months for the first payments to arrive.

"Our goal is to take care of the family during that interim, when they're worried about keeping the lights on, how to put food on the table, keeping their home," Johnson said.  

In addition to financial support, Supporting Heroes also helped with funeral arrangements -- at a time when Don Grignon and his family needed it most of all.

"It's something that Rebecca, as the wife, and me, as the father, couldn't do because we were not functioning," Grignon said.

Officer Grignon's family and loved ones are planning a private ceremony for March 24 to honor him.

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