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Posted on: July 19, 2022

The End of Watch Ride will Visit North Myrtle Beach to Honor Sgt. Gordon Best

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Folks from across the country will converge in North Myrtle Beach to commemorate the life of fallen officer Sgt. Gordon Best.

The End of Watch Ride to Remember is visiting the Grand Strand, and will stop at the Public Safety Building in North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

The End of Watch Ride to Remember is a group of motorcycle riders that escort a 40’ trailer across the country to honor fallen officers from the prior year. In 2020, the group rode more than 18,000 miles to honor 146 law-enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty in 2019.

In 2021, the group rode 84 days and more than 22,000 miles in honor of 339 law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2020. 

This year, The End of Watch Ride to Remember participants are honoring 600 fallen officers, including North Myrtle Beach’s Sgt. Gordon Best, whom we lost in 2021.

Sgt. Gordon Best was killed while responding to a call in the Barefoot Resort area of North Myrtle Beach on January 1, 2021. He was involved in a tragic wreck on rain-slick roads.

Recently, the Waccamaw River Swamp Bridge was named in honor of Sgt. Best. 

You can read that story here.

Beyond the Call of Duty is a 501(c)3 organization that orchestrates the End of Watch Ride to Remember. The organization’s founder, Jagrut “JC” Shah, is a former deputy sheriff. Shah says the group, “wants to show departments and their families who have lost partners and friends they are not alone.”

The term, “End of Watch” is based on a traditional ceremony in which a police dispatcher issues a final call to a fallen officer over the radio… followed by silence. It is a long tradition meant to recognize the men and women lost, but forever remembered, while serving their communities.

The End of Watch Ride to Remember will be at the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Building on Wednesday, July 20, at 8 a.m.

For more information about Beyond the Call of Duty and the End of Watch Ride to Remember, click the link below.

https://endofwatchride.com/

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