‘End of Watch’ Motorcycle Ride to Honor Phillip Street

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The “Beyond the Call of Duty — End of Watch Ride to Remember” will be riding into LaFayette in honor of Dade County’s former Sheriff, Phillip Street, who passed away last November due to complications from COVID-19.

In recent years, Street was the Head of the Detention Division in the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, where he served as Captain; hence the location the motorcyclists will be riding through. But before his move to Walker County, Street was a beloved member of our community; serving as Dade County Sheriff for twenty years between 1985-2005. Citizens will remember the many initiatives Street took in Dade; ‘Hope for the Holidays’, Presidency of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, and his active work with the DARE program. Or perhaps you’ll remember his many accolades and recognitions, such as Operations ‘Sandstorm’ and ‘Sand Dune’. Or perhaps you just knew him as a friend.

According to their website, “The End of Watch Ride is a 17,000+ mile ride across America to honor the men and women of law enforcement who paid the ultimate price in their service to our communities. Not only do we honor the fallen, we honor the families–husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters–along with the officers left behind to pick up the pieces”

For the 84 days between May 28 and August 19, 2021, 6 riders will be traveling 22,300+ miles across the country, visiting cities and police departments to honor the men and women of law enforcement who paid the ultimate price in their service to our communities in 2020. Not only do they honor the fallen, but they also honor the families — husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters — along with the officers left behind to pick up the pieces.

End of Watch Ride to Remember is a group of motorcycle riders from the state of Washington escorting a 41′ trailer across the country to honor fallen officers from the prior year.

Spokesman and founder, Jagrut Shah, a former deputy sheriff, says they want to show departments and their families who have lost partners and friends they are not alone. “I wanted to bridge this gap that we have and bring back to the department and let the officers and their families know that their loss has not been forgotten.”

The organization’s event name is based on an officer’s ‘End of Watch’. An End of Watch Call or Last Radio Call is a ceremony in which a police dispatcher issues a final call to a fallen officer over the radio, followed by silence. All officers in that department hear the call and observe the silence, remembering their fallen brother or sister. Beyond the Call of Duty is an organization that, through its ‘End of Watch Ride to Remember’ event, recognizes police officers — throughout the nation — who died while in the line of duty.

Last year, the End of Watch Ride honored 146 fallen officers across the country. This year, they will be honoring the 338 officers who lost their lives in 2020 while serving their community. End of Watch Ride to Remember is on a mission to pay their respects to each of them and assist the families of the fallen however they can.

by Orey Yates

Some information provided by Beyond the Call of Duty press release.