New police car: ‘Honor One’ honors fallen San Diego officers

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last year, more than 120 police officers died in the line of duty across the United States.

Here in San Diego, members of the police department and relatives of fallen officers came together Wednesday to remember.

There is a law enforcement memorial at the Country Administration Building.

There is a San Diego Police Officer Memorial at Headquarters downtown.

And now, there is another, but this one travels with it’s message on four wheels.

San Diego Police Officer Terry Bennett, bringing people together, years after his death.

His fellow Motor Officer Jay Graves and his son, Connor Bennett.

They were at the memorial to see the mobile monument, to the 32 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“I think all of us are prepared to make that sacrifice, but none of us wants to make that sacrifice, he did. I’d like people to respect his memory,” Graves said.

“In all parts of the country, where people are starting riots about stuff, police are victims of crime, too,” Connor Bennett said.

Connor was just 4-years-old in June of 2003 when the driver of a stolen truck purposely ran his father down.

Motorcycle Officer Terry Bennett was killed and a young boy was left without a father.

“She’d walk me out and my dad would be warming up his motorcycle and I’d sit on his motorcycle while he was warming it up … I’d remember stuff like that,” Connor said.

Now, others can remember his father when they see a police car adorned with the names of all the San Diego Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“If it wasn’t for him and other guys like him I wouldn’t have gotten through the motor academy for the things they taught us,” Graves said.

Another one of the fallen was San Diego Police Officer Gerry Griffin, end of watch April 25, 2003.

His sister and daughter together are tied to Connor Bennett.

They don’t want to be in this club, but they are.

“It seems so long ago, it’s really nice to still honor my dad and other survivors … everybody forgets but we still live this every day, we still have hole in our lives,” said Ashley Griffin.

There are several events in the month of May to recognize fallen police officers.

One is the “Ride to Remember,” a motorcycle ride set for Saturday.

It will travel to all the memorials in the county, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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