WPD officer killed in motorcycle crash honored during cross-country tribute

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Wichita police officer Stacy Woodson was honored in Wichita today after a special visit from the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride group. 

Woodson was killed in a crash involving a truck along with his 10-year-old son, Braeden, when they were riding a motorcycle in April. 

Stacy was a 16-year veteran of the WPD. 

The family of Stacy Woodson, along with members of the Wichita Police Department and the WPD Motorcycle Unit, attended the tribute outside of Wichita City Hall on Saturday. 

This year’s Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride began in Eugene, Oregon on July 17. The 3,500 mile ride will arrive in Washington D.C. on August 3. 

Members of the tribute group are making there way across the country and stopping to honor fallen soldiers along their way. 

The Woodson family was given a “Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service.” 

Warren Williamson, the executive director of Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest presented the family with the plaque Saturday.

“We came here today to hopefully shed a little bit of light on the lives that they led and hope that the family understood that we’re just never going to forget what they gave to this city and what they gave to all of us citizens,” said Williamson. 

Williamson said it’s always difficult when a community loses a brave officer.

“There’s a lot of hurt but when we come and we do this we come with great respect and great love in our hearts for them,” said Williamson. 

When the tribute ride arrives in Washington D.C. they will visit Arlington National Cemetery. There they will read Stacy’s name, along with 62 other names of those honored on their journey, in a memorial service. 

To learn more information or to donate to Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest, click here

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