Blue Knights Motorcycle Club honor fallen officers with wooden flags

Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, in memory of fallen officers Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, commissioned a local artist Christine Hickey to produce two wooden American flags bearing their badge numbers and end of watch date.

Hickey has close ties with law enforcement as her father served with the New York Police Department at ground zero in the aftermath of  the Sept. 11 attacks.

Chapter President Bob “Tabo” Tabaczynski, presented Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell with the flags at a brief ceremony attended by several other Blue Knights and KPD’s senior management staff.

Chief O’Dell in receiving the flags said, “We have a perfect place for these with other memorabilia at our new indoor range currently under construction.

The Blue Knights FL Chapter XXIX are the organizers of the annual Police Escorted Osceola Law Ride, which is now entering its seventh year. The 2019 date of this motorcycle event is Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Orlando Harley-Davidson South on West U.S. Highway192. All motorcyclists are invited to join the 70-plus mile ride. All of the proceeds benefit Osceola County law enforcement officers who were killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.