HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Almost 6 years after Huntsville police officer Eric Freeman was shot and killed after responding to a traffic accident on Bailey Cove near Weatherly Road, his son is trying to keep his father's memory alive. Cameron Freeman is planning to honor his dad’s memory and that of another fallen police officer next spring by riding in the 2014 Police Unity Tour next May.
"It's important to me because someone did this for me before, and I want to do it for somebody else," said Freeman. Freeman is ready to ride in honor of his fallen officer, his dad. The family held a fundraiser at the Po Boy Factory Saturday evening to help Cameron raise the suggested donation to participate in the ride.
"Everybody here knew my dad, my dad made an impact on everybody here, everybody's here for each other, not just specifically me and my granddad but for each other as well," said Cameron. Cameron and his grandfather will make the journey next spring. His grandmother, Beverly Freeman, said she couldn't be more proud of him.
"I'm very proud of Cameron, he's a good kid, he's grown up to be a wonderful man and I know that my son would be so proud of him." A $2,000 donation is suggested for those who want to participate in the event. Beverly said her grandson will raise the money, she's sure of it.
"This community has been a godsend," she said. "The community has supported us one hundred percent ever since my son died and as you can see from some of the crowd, this is just the beginning of it."
Freeman told WHNT News 19 that this ride, is just something her grandson has to do. "It's very important for us that Cameron fulfill his desire and his need to do this, at all costs, that boys going to ride, because he wants to do it...for his dad."
The money raised from the memorial and fundraiser will go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum in Washington. If you couldn't make it, go to Firstgiving.com to donate and help Cameron and the other members.