Tournament honors fallen Maryville officer, Henley Bridge lit in blue

Dozens came out to honor a fallen Maryville police officer and a little boy who dreamed of putting on the uniform.

A Maryville baseball park was filled with people Saturday morning to honor a fallen police officer. 

Officer Kenny Moats was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 25, 2017. As the anniversary of his death approaches, Smoky Mountain Athletics hosted a baseball tournament in his honor.

In Knoxville, dozens of people came out to the Henley Bridge for the Stand With Law Enforcement and First Responders event.

People showed up to not only support law enforcement but to honor Moats and Kolton Hessman, a 3-year-old boy who died after a battle with congenital heart disease earlier this year. The young boy had dreamed of becoming a police officer.

Kolton's passion for law enforcement inspired first responders across the country.

"He would hold every single badge, he'd want to open every package. And he would just always give a high five or a thumbs up anytime these officers who came in to visit him. You know, that's what his passion was," Kolton's father Grant Hessman said.

MORE: 3-year-old Kolton Hessman awarded Medal of Valor at funeral

The event also served as a welcome party for the Police Unity riders.

The group rode bikes to Washington D.C. to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including Moats.

The Henley Bridge was lit in blue Saturday night to honor Law Enforcement and First Responders. 

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero sent out a tweet announcing that decision and asking people to pray for all fallen and injured officers in Florida and Pennsylvania.

 

 

RELATED: 6 police officers shot, 2 dead, in Florida and Pennsylvania

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