Family, friends remember fallen LMPD Officer Peter Grignon
Peter Grignon was killed in the line of duty on March 23, 2005.
Monday, March 23rd 2015, 6:58 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Today marks the 10th anniversary of an LMPD officer shot and killed in the line of duty.
Officer Peter Grignon was 27 when he was gunned down by a 17-year-old while responding to a call of a hit-and-run accident in Louisville's South End.
Police say the teen shot Grignon several times, then turned the gun on himself.
Even though it has been 10 years since Grignon was killed, it's still fresh on the minds of his loved ones. Today at 8 a.m. friends and family gathered at Cave Hill Cemetery to remember his life.
Grignon had been married for a little over a year when he was killed.
"It hit everyone," said Eric Johnson, executive director of Supporting Heroes. "An officer like that, newly married, to be shot and killed in such a way by juveniles. It got everyone's attention."
set up to remember Grignon has over 1,700 likes. On it, those who knew Officer Grignon share memories and plans to honor him.
Those who knew and loved Grignon have been wearing bracelets to remember him as well as taking part in an annual drive to his burial site, Cave Hill Cemetery.
A street sign with his name on it is in the back of the police department. A memorial at his division was constructed for Grignon on the fifth anniversary of his death, and his name appears on the Eternal Flame Monument in Jefferson Square Park at 6th and Liberty.
Peter Grignon's, wife, Rebecca, says what happened to her husband could happen to any officer.
"I want people to know that when they think of Peter, they need to look around and look at his brothers and sisters in blue, and know that, at any time, that could be one of them," she said.
After attending the ceremony and leaving a wreath on her husband's grave, Rebecca Grignon expressed her gratitude for the support she has received since his death.
"We've been very blessed," she said. "Peter died, but he left us a very big family -- 1,200 strong -- and they came out to support us again, for the tenth time. It means the world to us that he's not forgotten. And this could have very easily been one of them.... I think they know that, I think that's what connects the police family. They go out every morning and they don't know if they're coming back."
Rebecca became a little emotional as she described how she has found new love with her new husband, John, and his two children.
"I will always miss Peter," she said. "There's always a hole. My stepkids talk about him, ask for stories about him, and they knew we were coming out to honor him today."
Rebecca learned Monday that the current academy class is dedicated to Peter's memory. And through those who knew him personally, and those who are still learning about him, Officer Grignon's legacy will live on.
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