Hundreds gathered in Pelham today to remember a fallen Pelham Police officer.
Officer Philip Davis was shot and killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop on December 3rd.
Sunday more than 120 local law enforcement officers and bikers staged a memorial ride in his honor.
"Me and Philip talked a lot and I always talked about motorcyles with Philip," said fellow Pelham Officer Isaac Cruz. "I was in shock," Cruz said of learning of Davis' death. "They called all the officers in, I couldn't believe it."
"You can never prepare yourself to hear that friend of yours has passed away in the line of duty," said fellow Pelham Officer Chuck Bradley. "I mean it's just a totally different feeling than what you can ever expect."
Though his funeral is in the past, the grief isn't and neither is the need for support and help for his wife and 2 children. That's where bikers and officers come in.... 2 groups with more overlap than you might think.
"We all kind of stick together, and so does the police side," said ride organizer and Birmingham Police Officer Brent Whiten. "Not all bikers are out there doing criminal acts. Sometimes we're doing things for good causes."
"We all have families and we love our communities, and that's why we do what we do," Bradley said. "And these people that showed up today, they love their community, they love being supportive to communities."
More than 130 bikers braved the cold weather to donate money or toys for the Davis family to try and make this Christmas a little brighter, or at least let them know they're extended family is bigger than they may realize.
"Just that they're not alone," Whiten said. "We're all one big family, and we're real sorry for the tragedy that happened right here before Christmas, but they're not alone, we're right here with them."
The ride raised over $5000 for the davis family. Ride organizers say they're thankful for several major donations from people who weren't even at the ride.