SLAIN OFFICER: Community Honoring Buenting

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Last September, a Rockwell City police officer was killed in the line of duty. Now the community he died protecting is finding a way to honor Jamie Buenting.

“He was a peace officer, he was not a police officer. He was the guy that you would call and you know it wouldn’t necessarily you be getting a ticket. It would be you, getting to resolve this without too much conflict and we are going to take care of it. And you never felt threatened around him,” says Nathan Gentry.

This summer, friends and family will honor Buenting.

The 12-year veteran officer was shot and killed during a stand-off in Rockwell City.

To remember him, the town is holding the first annual Jamie Buenting Memorial Fun Ride on June 21st. Participants can sport any kind of wheels, from motorcycle to car.

It starts and finishes at the Rockwell City Fire Department, going approximately 144-miles. It will go past places special to Buenting, like his home town of Pomeroy by Twin Lakes.

Buenting’s friends say he loved the outdoors.

“He likes to be outside and ride his motorcycle and drive cars, so it was a good way to get everybody together to celebrate his memory,” says Jarid Kuchenreuther.

Organizers also plan to build a statue in Officer Buenting’s honor.