Wake Tech honors law enforcement and fallen officer with ‘Thank a Hero’ event on Tuesday

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Wake Tech honored law enforcement in the Triangle area on Tuesday with an event that highlighted how people put their lives on the line every day for the good of the community.

“Thanking a Hero” took place Tuesday morning at the college, featuring a luncheon for first responders and a special dedication to a recently fallen Knightdale police officer.

Ryan Hayworth lost his life on October 17, and Wake Tech invited his father, Tim, retired Zebulon Police Chief, to the unveiling of a dedication plaque. Ryan was also a Wake Tech graduate.

“October 17 changed my life forever and not a day goes by, and as long as I live, not a day goes by that I don’t miss Ryan,” Tim Hayworth said.

Ryan Hayworth was a third-generation officer who was in training the morning he was hit by an oncoming car in front of his police cruiser on the freeway when he was killed.

Ryan Hayworth has dedicated his life to service, first in the United States Army, then in the North Carolina National Guard and most recently with the Knightdale Police Department.

Tim Hayworth said while he still mourned the loss of his son, he hoped today’s event would remind people to “live like Ryan” and bring people closer to the community.

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