Memorial Ride Honoring Late Lee County Deputy
LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) — The annual “Ride to Remember” memorial ride honoring Lee County Deputy James Anderson will take place Sept. 25 beginning at 3 p.m. EDT. The ride will begin in the Smiths Station Junior High School parking lot and end at Garden Hill Cemetery at 1218 Frederick Road in Opelika for a brief memorial service. Registration is not compulsory, all vehicles can participate and participation is free.
Anderson was a deputy in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He died on September 20, 2009. According to Sheriff Jay Jones of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson and another deputy were patrolling the Smiths Station area when they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The offending driver hit Anderson with their vehicle and pinned him under it. Anderson died of his injuries.
A walk in his honor was organized for the first time in 2010.
Jones said Anderson was extremely nice.
“You always hear that term, and it’s an old cliche of giving you the shirt off your back, kind of a deal,” he said. “And I hate to use that, but he was really one of those people who when he saw someone who needed something, it was often that he wouldn’t approach them. They would just look up, and there he helps them.
Anderson believed in what he was doing as an MP, Jones said.
“He wanted to do what he could to make things better for those around him and for his community,” he said. “He was totally invested in this concept and believed very much in the concept of service to others.”
The Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle group, made up mostly of military veterans, is the main group that organizes the ride each year. The Christian Motorcycle Association, the Gunners Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and the Punishers motorcycle group will also be involved in the race.
“Our primary goal is just to make sure he will be remembered for his sacrifice in Lee County and certainly, just as importantly, that his family knows that we appreciate their sacrifice as well and will never be forgotten,” said Jones.