LEU will honor Hay, Hafers

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Members of a national organization committed to honoring officers who died in the line of duty will make a stop in Maysville Saturday to honor the late Officer Danny Hay and two Ohio officers.

The organization, Law Enforcement United, conducts a memorial bicycle ride each year and this year the group is making the stop in Maysville.

Members of Hay’s family, including his brother, Philip Hay, were informed of plans for the ceremony earlier this week.

In a memo sent to Maysville Police Chief Ron Rice from Rich Gallo, a trustee of the LEU, and Michael Gary, Western Virginia division president, the men said “On behalf of Law Enforcement United, it is my privilege to inform you that members of the LEU will be pedaling to honor fallen law enforcement officers in Mason County on May 5, 2018. We respectfully request your support in participating in a dual memorial service in Maysville/Aberdeen as well as escorts through Maysville.”

Hay was 22 years old and new to the Maysville Police Department when he responded to a robbery in a Maysville grocery store in October 1979. He was shot and killed by Gary Wayne Wilson.

Hay is the only Maysville police officer ever killed in the line of duty.

Aberdeen Chief of Police Elmer Hafer was struck by a truck on U.S. 52 in Aberdeen on Dec. 10, 1954. His father, Constable Lee Hafer of Huntington Township was also struck and killed by a truck on U.S. 52, two years earlier.

The memorial ride started on May 1 in St. Louis, Mo., and will end in Washington, D.C. Riders are expected to arrive in Maysville at about 11:20 a.m., Saturday when they will stop and conduct the ceremony on the lawn next to the historic Mason County Courthouse.

Members of LEU, current and retired officers or their surviving family members, must raise a minimum of $1,500 each on the ride. The funds go to support causes which include summer camp for children of fallen officers.

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Mary Ann Kearns

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