Walk to honor fallen officers


First Posted: 1/25/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN Organizers are again planning to hold a memorial walk to remember fallen Pilot Mountain Police Officers Glenn Branscome and Ralph East.
The walk has been held annually for several years following the dedication of Old U.S. 52 Bypass from its intersection on either end of town with Main Street in memory of the two officers who were shot and killed on the night of Feb. 3, 1969.
The incident occurred behind East Surry High School when they pulled over four men in a vehicle suspected from two armed robberies in Forsyth County earlier the same night.
On Jan. 31, the annual memorial walk honoring the two officers will take place. The walk will follow the 1.7-mile route taken by Branscome and East as they followed the suspect vehicle before stopping it.
A brief ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. prior to the walk in the parking lot of Network Dynamics at 720 Old U.S. 52 Bypass on the east side of town.
Those who wish to participate but are not able to walk the length of the highway will be able to participate by riding on provided van transportation. In addition, those who walk the route will be shuttled back to Network Dynamics by van following the memorial walk.
For more information, call organizer and law enforcement veteran Chet Jessup at 374-5409.

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