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.