Family members fought back tears as DeKalb County police officers honored Officer Ivorie Klusmann in Tucker.
The 31-year-old’s name was put up on a rolling memorial wall on April 23 during a ceremony to remember him. Klusmann’s 10-month career was cut short on Aug. 10, 2013 when he died in a high-speed chase.
The Georgia Law Enforcement Moving Memorial Wall has about 694 names on it, remembering the officers who have fallen in the line of duty. More than 100 people attended the ceremony for Klusmann.
“A loved one, a son, our brother will live on through this wall, in our hallways, in our precincts and in our hearts,” said County Deputy Chief Operating Officer Cedric Alexander. “He (Klusmann) was a hero who died serving the residents of DeKalb County.”
Klusmann’s mother, Diane Blue, fought back tears throughout the ceremony and said that just seeing her son’s name on the memorial wall meant so much to her.
The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club hosts the memorial wall. The club is an international group with chapters throughout the world. This is the 23rd Annual ride by the bikers to honor fallen police officers. Before coming to Tucker, the group was in Middle Georgia, honoring other officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“He was only with us for a short amount of time, but at the ceremony, you could see there was a lot of love for the young man,” said Captain S.R. Fore, a spokesman for the DeKalb Police Department. “It is a humbling feeling to know that a group like the Blue Knights continue to memorialize and remember officers who lost their lives.”
Last year, the state of Georgia lost four police officers in the line of duty.
“Each one served with honor, duty, and a commitment to a profession that protects all members of the community both, day and night. The memorial has traveled thousands of miles across Georgia and the entire country,” said Ed Christian, President of the Georgia chapter. “With every mile, more people are reminded of the sacrifice these officers have made. The memorial is a constant reminder to all who see it that we will never forget the fallen.”
Klusmann’s patrol car ran off the road and hit a tree while chasing a suspect. The fatal crash happened around 2:45 a.m. at the intersection of DeKalb Medical Parkway and Heritage Park Trail. Klusmann died at the scene. Klusmann was laid to rest on Aug. 16 in Lithonia.
The driver he was chasing, Gregory Lee Harvey, was on probation at the time of the chase and has been charged with felony murder, reckless driving and theft by receiving a stolen vehicle.
The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club plans to park the memorial on Wednesday, May 7, 10 a.m., in front of the DeKalb History Center, 101 East Court Square, Decatur.