HARKER HEIGHTS — U.S. armed service members aren’t the only ones putting their lives on the line to keep America safe.
“Police officers sacrifice their lives every day,” Kimberly Hornsby said. “This is our way to honor Bobby and to bring awareness.”
Hornsby’s husband, Killeen Police Department veteran Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, 32, was killed in the line of duty July 14 when the SWAT team responded to a disturbance at an apartment complex.
Keeping his memory alive, members of Team Hornsby held a fundraiser and silent auction Saturday at Cookie Addiction to raise money for their upcoming trek to Washington, D.C.
Team Hornsby will make a 250-mile bicycle ride from Portsmouth, Va., to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., in May as part of the three-day Police Unity Tour.
The bakery donated 50 percent of its proceeds from Saturday’s fundraiser to the group.
The six-person team had to raise $12,000, or $2,000 per rider — it is $3,000 above the goal.
“We want to raise as much money for the nonprofit organization as we can,” said Clyde Hicks, motor officer for the Harker Heights Police Department.
Members of the team include Kimberly Hornsby, Hicks, Killeen police officers Chris Ache and Amanda Holtzclaw, Killeen Detective Neal Holtzclaw and Lt. Reese Davis.
The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.
“Kimberly is an inspiration to this team,” Davis said. “She embodies the strength we all wish we had.”
To donate to the group, go to www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/clyde-hicks/2014.
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