Metro officers to honor fallen colleagues in D.C. bike ride

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A group of Metro officers left from the Hermitage precinct Thursday night, headed to the Washington D.C. area to honor two fallen colleagues.

They’ll participate in a 250-mile bike ride to remember officers Michael Petrina and Christy Dedman.

Petrina died on Interstate 65 last year. The 25-year-old was assisting a Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP truck operator with an accident at the Old Hickory Boulevard exit when he was struck by a motorhome carrying a trailer.

At the time of his death, Petrina had been on the force less than a year. His fellow officers made a YouTube video to honor his memory. Click here to watch the clip. 

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in April 2015 in connection to his death.

In July 2004, Officer Christy Jo Dedman was struck and killed as she attempted to help a motorist near the Stewarts Ferry Pike on-ramp at night.

The stretch of the interstate is now called the Officer Christy Jo Dedman Memorial Highway.

Her mother, Vera Dedman, is travelling with the officers this year.


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