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Remembering Tim Petersen

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A father, husband and deputy is being remembered through an activity he loved.

Tim Petersen died in an off-duty motorcycle crash one year ago.

A wife lost her husband, a son lost his father and a county lost a deputy.

"He was off duty, he was at Hyvee and was leaving Hyvee, driving down the road in front of Best Buy and a car blew through a stop sign in front of him and he ran into her. He was killed in the motorcycle accident," said Katy Petersen, Tim's wife.

Family, friends and the community, still hurting. Riding their motorcycles in honor of Tim Petersen and to support those he left behind.

"His wife and his son Jax, who is six-years-old now, he's gotta grow up without his dad, but he's got enough family and friends to take care of him too," said Jason Dolf, Tim's best friend.

Hoping Tim's son will remember his dad as a hero, like so many members of the community do.

"Remember how much his dad meant to everyone else, how he was a hero to a lot of people, remember that he was a good person and he is missed and loved dearly," said Dolf.

Tim's wife says drivers need to look left, look right and look twice.

"Just always look twice, I mean I know you look left and look right when you hit an intersection, but maybe do it twice. Because you don't always hear them, you don't always see them right away," said Katy.

Hopeful the memorial ride and drive for her husband will spread awareness and spare other families the pain she is going through.

"It's just very important because that person is somebodies dad, somebodies husband and we miss him and so we don't want this to happen to anybody else," said Katy.

Tim's wife plans on continuing to have this event every year to keep promoting motor cycle safety.

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