Fallen Jenks Police officer remembered Saturday

Fallen Jenks Police officer remembered Saturday

Jenks Police Sgt. Brian Crain passed away Feb. 23 of 2019 and Saturday, he was honored one more time at the Jenks Police Headquarters.

Members of the Jenks Police Department stand in front of the E.O.W. Ride to Remember Trailer Saturday with Brian Crain’s family. Photos/Kyle Salomon

End of Watch (E.O.W.) Ride to Remember arrived Saturday morning at the Jenks Police Headquarters to honor the late Sgt. Crain.

Brian Crain’s wife Lisa Crain writes a message about her late husband Saturday during the event.

The primary purpose of the E.O.W. Ride to Remember is to raise awareness of the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019. The riders are stopping at each agency that had a fallen officer that year. There were 146 police officers across 30 states that tragically lost their lives.

Members of the Jenks Police Department look at the 146 police officers Saturday who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019.

Each year, this event will honor fallen officers and give their family, friends, and co-workers a chance to remember them by riding and joining their names. Along their journey, the riders are followed by a customized dually truck towing a 28-foot trailer with graphics depicting the fallen officers, their agency, and sponsors, who are helping support them.

End of Watch Ride to Remember Chairman Jagrut Shah speaks to the crowd Saturday.

Jenks Police Chief Cameron Arthur said it was nice to see an event like this to honor Sgt. Crain and in a time when multiple police departments across the country are going through difficult times.

“These people are doing a phenomenal thing,” Arthur said. “They are putting in their time and effort to go to all these states. Having everyone come together, officers, families, citizens, everything, it is just a wonderful thing and I could not think of better timing. It is just really a nice thing to see.”

Brian Crain’s family looks at the Ride to Remember trailer Saturday.

Retired police officer and End of Watch Ride to Remember Foundation Chairman Jagrut Shah said when he retired, his dream was to do something to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“We wanted to do something for all the departments and families who have lost officers,” Shah said. “We want to be a support system for these departments and the families. We want to make sure that these officers and these families know they are not forgotten.”

Brian Crain’s son touches his father’s photo Saturday on the Ride to Remember trailer.

Arthur said Sgt. Crain was a great police officer, but an even better person.

 “I said this to his father a few minutes ago, and I said this at Brian’s funeral … over my 30 years of law enforcement, I could probably think of something about each officer that I would change or that might have a problem with a citizen,” Arthur said. “Brian is the only one I can think of that I wouldn’t change one thing. Everyone had nothing but kind words for Brian Crain. You could not say a bad word about the guy. He was always happy, always smiling and the ultimate family man. Brian Crain is Jenks, America. It always hurts to lose an officer, I have lost way too many in my career, but to lose that type of an officer is irreplaceable. It is great to see him honored again.”

The End of Watch Ride to Remember trailer depicting all 146 police officers who lost their lives in 2019 in the line of duty.

Kyle Salomon

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