Memorial run commemorates the Pikeville Police Officer and helps the families of fallen public security officers

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – On Saturday, community members gathered in Pikeville to take a run and walk to remember a fallen official and to raise money for a Louisville-based organization that focuses on helping families of fallen public safety officers to support.

Pikeville PD Officer Scotty Hamilton died on duty in 2018. Shortly thereafter, parishioners organized the Scotty Hamilton Memorial Run to commemorate the man who gave his community everything.

“We’re here to honor the memory of Scotty Hamilton,” said event organizer Jeff Elkins. “He gave his community everything, so we’re just doing a little to give back to the community and to raise some money for Supporting Heroes.”

Supporting Heroes is an organization that helps families of fallen police officers, firefighters, and other public safety officers.

“When an officer’s family is in distress because of tragedy or the like,” Elkins said, “they step in and do much for the family.”

The run started shortly after Officer Hamilton’s death in 2018, but due to the pandemic, the 2020 run was canceled and postponed to a later date in 2021.

“It’s great to be back outside,” said Elkins. “It means a lot to be able to do something for Scotty’s family, the community and Supporting Heroes. Scotty gave everything for his community. It’s just something small to keep his memory going. “

Elkins said more than 30 attendees braved the frigid weather as a tribute to Officer Hamilton. He also added that if you want to donate to Supporting Heroes, visit theirs website.

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