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Memory of fallen Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping honored in national ‘End of Watch Ride to Remember’

The officer’s death has caused months of mourning within the department and within the community.
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 7:22 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 5:37 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - Fallen Concord police officer Jason Shuping was killed in the line of duty last December. The officer’s death has caused months of mourning within the department and within the community.

Shuping’s memory was honored on Tuesday afternoon in the “End of Watch Ride to Remember,” that rolled into Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

The “End of Watch Ride to Remember” is a group of motorcycle riders from the state of Washington escorting a 41-foot trailer across the country to honor fallen officers from the prior year.

“I wanted the survivors to know that their loss was being felt across the nation, not just within a certain jurisdiction,” said organizer Jagrut Shah.

The escort continues for 84 days – from May 28 to August 19 – as six riders are traveling 22,300 miles across the country to visit cities and police departments to honor men and women in law enforcement who died in the line of duty.

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“God allowed one color, and one color only,” Shah added. “They all bled red, there is no black, there is no white, there is no blue and I wish people would just stop for a second and realize all of these beautiful men and women have a story of love behind them. They leave love behind them, they leave love around them and they don’t get to experience love anymore and their families don’t get to experience that love anymore.”

During the May 2021 Concord City Council meeting, Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek posthumously awarded Officer Shuping the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.

The Medal of Valor is Concord PD’s highest commendation and is awarded for exceptional bravery at the imminent risk of death or serious bodily injury that goes beyond the call of duty.

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The Purple Heart is awarded for serious bodily injury or death while confronting a criminal element during the course of police interaction with the public.

Shuping died after being shot while responding to a report of a crash and a stolen car on Bruton Smith Blvd. in Concord on December 16, 2020.

“For the size of the town, the city, it’s something that doesn’t happen often and thank goodness it doesn’t happen often,” said John Howard. Howard organized and looked after a police reserve unit in Concord for more than twenty years. “What they do, the police department, has always been near and dear to my heart.”

Before coming to Concord, the Ride to Remember stopped in Mount Holly to honor the memory of fallen officer Tyler Herndon.

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