Annual 'End of Watch Ride' honors fallen HPD officers Deen and Tate

Annual 'End of Watch Ride' honors fallen HPD officers Deen and Tate
Hundreds of motorcycles make their way onto Highway 49 for the beginning of the annual "End of Watch Ride" in Hattiesburg. Photo credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered in the Hub City Saturday morning to honor two fallen Hattiesburg Police officers and raise money for a scholarship in their name.

More than 300 bikers took part in the annual "End of Watch Ride."

It honors Hattiesburg officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.

They were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2015.

The event raises money for a scholarship for a law enforcement family.

"It's a great feeling, gets you kind of warm on the inside just knowing that you have the community support and everybody to come out and assist with the ride and put their time in and spend a Saturday with us out here," said Capt. Shannon Harris of the Hattiesburg Police Department, who also serves as board chairperson for the Deen and Tate Scholarship Ride.

"This ride means so much to the law enforcement brothers," said Jamie Tedford, of the Jones County Sheriff's Department. "The support you see every year that comes out from the community just continues to grow."

The event was a 70-mile ride through three counties.

It began and ended at Hattiesburg Cycles.