ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A special event was held Thursday evening to celebrate fallen Rio Rancho Officer Greg Benner’s 50th birthday.
Officer Benner’s wife, Julie, and dozens of others released 50 balloons in memory of Officer Benner.
Officer Benner was shot to death during a traffic stop in May.
Julie says the community support is what keeps her going.
“Whether he’s here or not it’s still his 50th birthday and I really wanted to celebrate his life. We’ve had so many memorials which are amazing and give him a lot of honor, but this was a celebration of his life,” said his wife.
Julie was also presented with a flag from Officer Benner’s cadet class as well.