On the two-year anniversary of the murder of Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian, a foundation in his name announced it put together "Buddy Kits" that could be put in police cars and could potentially help save the lives of officers who are shot while on duty.
That is what happened to Christian, who was shot and killed in 2011 while on duty. Confessed cop-killer Jamie Hood is on trial for Christian's murder and faces the death penalty.
At a memorial for Christian Friday night, his father, Bud Christian, said he still keeps his son's uniform hanging up in his home to keep his memory alive.
"It's just as painful today as it was two years ago," Bud Christian said. "But the people have come out and supported us, and that's a big help."
Family and friends lit candles and left handwritten messages for Christian near his grave in Athens on the anniversary of his death.
"He would be pleased with the turnout today," Bud Christian said. "He would say that he doesn't deserve that."
Officers who worked with Christian attended the memorial, including David Griffeth, who also sits on the board for the Buddy Christian Foundation, which aims to protect law enforcement families.
"All the guys here, for a lot of them, it's their worst nightmare," Griffeth said of Christian's murder.
He described the "Buddy Kits" that the organization started shipping on Friday. Griffeth said they contain items that could help save the life of a badly injured officer - items like tourniquets, heavy-duty bandages that can help stop bleeding, and medicines that can also help prevent the loss of dangerous amounts of blood.
"Our goal is to put them in every police car that's on the road in America," Griffeth said.
A round of 20 of the kits will be shipped to several law enforcement agencies to be tested in hopes of helping officers before aid can get to them. Griffeth said the hope is that officers can use the kits to help save their own lives or the lives of a buddy.
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