UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A former Morgantown Police Department K-9 officer will be remembered in a memorial that’s been scheduled for this summer.
The first annual Officer Zane Breakiron Memorial Ride was announced in recent days by Carmichaels (PA) Riders, according to Zane’s father, Garret Breakiron.
Officer Zane Breakiron died in an off-duty vehicle crash in the early morning hours of June 3 last year near the Pennsylvania state line, three days before he would have celebrated his seventh year of service.
“June 29, 2024, we’re going to start in Carmichaels, and it’s 100 miles,” Garret Breakiron said. “We’re going to go through parts of Pennsylvania, through Morgantown, and then back through Pennsylvania to Carmichaels.”
Sean Anker, a member of Carmichaels Riders and friend of the Breakiron family, grew up in Pennsylvania near Farmington and Fort Necessity. He said he didn’t have many friends until he met the Breakiron family at a very young age. Sean’s father was friends with Garret; the friendship between Zane and his brother Zack developed during those visits, and it is a lifelong bond.
“I’m just enjoying life and I don’t think anybody did that better than Zane,” Anker said. “He enjoyed life, always treated people with love and respect, and he took his Christian faith seriously too.”
Garret Breakiron said the outreach that has occurred since his son’s death has been a reflection of who Zane was. Countless people, including his law enforcement family, said Zane was compassionate, willing to help, and always smiling. His passing has been very difficult for the Abundant Life Church, where he was active for at least two decades.
“It’s tough to hear it all the time, but there’s a saying that I try to tell people,” Breakiron said. “How can I be mad at God for taking Zane when he took his own son at 33 and I had 34 years with Zane?” Breakiron said.
Registration for the June ride begins at the Carmichaels American Legion at 9 a.m., and riders will leave at 11:30 a.m. sharp. The route will go south to Morgantown, where the police department will provide an escort to the north to the Jumonville Cross for a short memorial service. From there, riders will go to Hopwood, Washington, and back to Uniontown for food, drinks, and entertainment.
Register early for $35 and $15 for passengers. On the day of the event, registration is $40 for riders and $15 for passengers.