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Ride honors fallen Nash deputy

Posted on July 26, 2021

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Angela McClellan, mother of fallen Nash County Deputy Jared Allison, pictured at the center of a memorial photo display, commiserates with Deputy Abby Taylor during Friday's End of Watch stop in Nashville. Allison died Dec. 1 from injuries sustained in an on-duty traffic wreck.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Angela McClellan, mother of fallen Nash County Deputy Jared Allison, pictured at the center of a memorial photo display, commiserates with Deputy Abby Taylor during Friday's End of Watch stop in Nashville. Allison died Dec. 1 from injuries sustained in an on-duty traffic wreck.

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NASHVILLE — A motorcycle ride honoring law enforcement officials who died in the line of duty last year stopped in Nash County on Friday to remember Jared Allison.

Allison, who would have turned 27 on Thursday, died Dec. 1 as result of injuries he sustained in a Thanksgiving Day wreck while attempting to initiate a traffic stop.

Allison and 338 other fallen law enforcement officers from 2020 are being honored as part of the End of Watch Ride, a nationwide, 63-day, 17,000-mile motorcycle tour.

The motorcade, including a trailer with photos of fallen officers, stopped at the Nash County Sheriff’s Office on Friday where family members, friends and fellow law enforcement officials met to talk about Allison.

Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said he felt humbled at seeing the procession enter Nash County on U.S. 64.

“It was amazing seeing all the pictures of the fallen,” Medina said.

The ride, which began in Washington state, made four stops in North Carolina on Friday.

Retired law enforcement officer Jagrut Shah founded the End of Watch ride in 2017.

“My first line of duty death was 2003,” Shah said. “That was a partner of mine. He was killed, and I lost three more after that.”

Shah spoke with Allison’s family and Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.

Shah said he has several reasons for organizing this End of Watch Ride each year.

He started the ride to let law enforcement agencies know their loss is felt across the nation and to let loved ones know their fallen family members won’t be forgotten.

Angela McClellan, Allison’s mother, said her family celebrated Allison’s birthday by cooking his favorite foods. The family also placed blue roses at the site of the crash.

“Every day is different,” McClellan said. “I struggle because I lost my child. Some days are easier than others. But we are making it day by day.”

Beth Janes, Allison’s mother-in-law, said it made her happy to see the national ride honor Allison’s memory.

Deputy Abby Taylor spoke privately with Allison’s mother at the event. Taylor told The Enterprise afterward that she worked with Allison on patrol and they sometimes assisted each other when he moved to the special traffic division.

“He was a great guy who could make anybody smile,” Taylor said.

Stone said the End of Watch Ride serves as a wake-up call for deputies that their job is dangerous.

“Our men and women don’t know when they step out of their door whether they will come home that night,” Stone said. “It’s heart-wrenching to see the grieving mothers and children here.”

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