Kimberly, Ala. (WIAT) — Town of Kimberly continues to recollect Officer Nick O’Rear, who was killed within the line of obligation on I-65 in February.
The North Jefferson First Responders Memorial Scholarship Fund is raising money to assist rename the a part of I-65 the place O’Rear died after him.
O’Rear leaves behind three kids. His youngest son was born two months after the incident.
Organizers like Tanya Cowart need his kids to recollect their father as a hero.
“He’s by no means going to fulfill his dad. So, if we maintain speaking about him, he’s going to know his dad was a hero,” Cowart mentioned.
February 5 might be a day Kimberly Hearth Chief Brendt Wooden will always remember.
“I obtained wakened in the course of the night time. I used to be instructed about it. So, it form of hit residence. You’re not there. You’re not capable of do something and go away so that you form of really feel helpless in a method,” Wooden mentioned.
Wooden wears a bracelet with O’Rear’s identify and date to honor the fallen officer and pal.
He says O’Rear was the right embodiment of the town’s spirit.
“Nick was simply that additional piece to assist fill that void on this neighborhood, to assist anybody out at any time when he might. Anytime anyone wanted assist, he’d drop what he was doing to go assist,” Wooden mentioned.
Cowart says they’re additionally elevating cash to assist children who need to grow to be first responders reside out that dream.
Police Chief Ricky Pridmore helps preserve the memorial for O’Rear off I-65. A few of his police lights in his automobile got here from O’Rear’s.
Like everybody within the metropolis, he needs to do every part he can to maintain his pal’s reminiscence alive.
“The hero by no means dies so long as we don’t cease speaking about them. And so long as we don’t cease speaking about him, Nick goes to reside on without end,” Cowart mentioned.