NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A group from outside Charleston biked more than 100 miles to honor three Grand Strand officers who died in recent months.
Starting at 6 a.m. on a cold winter morning in the Lowcountry, about a dozen bikers from Law Enforcement United left Mount Pleasant to honor three officers killed in Horry County since October.
“It’s an honor, not just for my twin brother “Fox,” but for Officer Best, Officer Hancher, for all the brothers and sisters in blue and red to come out,” said Milton Gore, who’s the twin brother of Officer Melton “Fox” Gore, one of the three officers remembered on Friday’s ride.
The bike riders were escorted through Charleston and Georgetown counties by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Pleasant Police Department. Then, they gave wreaths donated by a Mount Pleasant florist to each family of a fallen officer.
The first stop was at the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Officer Jacob Hancher was shot and killed in October while responding to a domestic incident. He was 23 years old.
A few miles north, the bikers thanked the family of Horry County police Officer Melton “Fox” Gore, who was hit and killed while cleaning debris off South Carolina Highway 22 earlier this month. He was 57.
Gore’s brother says “Fox” would have been thankful for the memorial bike ride.
“He’d be grinning from ear to ear right now, going, ‘Man, I can’t believe this!'” said Milton Gore. “‘Fox’ was a server from his heart and he always has been.”
Horry County police Chief Joseph Hill agrees.
“I think he’s smiling down right now and he’s saying, ‘Hey, I got you, baby,” Chief Hill said. “That was his thing and we got these folks.”
The 109-mile journey ended at the North Myrtle Beach Police Department. Officer Gordon Best died after crashing while responding to a call early in the morning on New Years Day. He was 30.
Chief Hill says the bikers’ tribute is inspiring.
“No matter where you are in the world, in the nation, you have that brotherhood of public safety that are there to support you,” he said. “It just brings a tear to your eye. We love this.”
Milton Gore says this is another example of the support his family has felt since his twin brother’s death.
“In the last couple of weeks, I just cannot believe how many people have reached out to go, ‘I knew Fox,'” said Milton Gore. “That has made me so proud and my family so proud.”
There are two events in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday honoring Officer Best. There will be a memorial run/walk at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex at 8 a.m.
There will also be an oyster roast at Captain Archie’s restaurant from 1 to 6 p.m.