Ride honors fallen Maryville police officer

Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats was killed while responding to a domestic abuse call

MARYVILLE (WATE) – Gone, but not forgotten.

Volunteer Defenders LEMC is hosting a benefit ride for Officer Kenny Moats. Officer Moats was shot and killed in 2016 by a suspect while responding to a domestic abuse call.

Previous story: Maryville police honor Officer Kenny Moats with last call

The ride is Saturday, August 27 at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, located at 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Kick-stands go up at 1:30 p.m. Registration is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

More: Information on the ride

The ride is free and open to all. Donations are accepted and encouraged. All proceeds from the ride will be donated into Moats’ children’s education trust fund.

The cruise/ride will last about an hour and a half. Riders will finish up at Smoky Mountain Harley for a silent auction, fund raising and a remembance ceremony. There will also be a car show organized by Foothills Cruise In.

T-shirts are also available for sale online through Sunday night.

The organizer of the ride, Volunteer Defenders LE/MC is a non-profit that was started in 2004. It is mainly made up of active and retired members of law enforcement, armed services, emergency services and public safety professionals, along with a select group of ciizens that possess high moral and ethical values. The Volunteer Chapter is located in Knoxville.

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