Newman to honor fallen Lexington officer

Durman's badge number will ride with Newman

mstory@herald-leader.comJuly 9, 2011 

Driver Ryan Newman placed a decal on his car honoring Lexington police officer Bryan Durman, who was killed while on duty last year. Durman's widow, Brandy, and son Brayden will attend Saturday's Quaker State 400 thanks to tickets provided by Newman.

DAVID PERRY | STAFF

SPARTA — The badge number of fallen Lexington police officer Bryan Durman will be riding with Ryan Newman in Saturday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

A decal with 46600 will be just above the window on the driver's side of Newman's No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet.

On Friday, Newman said he hoped "to help turn something positive out of a negative situation."

The connection between the NASCAR Sprint Cup star and Durman is Lexington police officer John Boyle. Newman is married to Boyle's sister, Krissie.

Durman, 27, was killed in a hit-and-run incident April 29, 2010, while investigating a noise complaint. He was the first Lexington police officer killed in the line of duty in about 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Brandy, and a son, Brayden, 6.

Boyle, 28, and a Vernon, N.J., native, has been a Lexington police officer since 2005. He says he did not know Durman well, but "I did know him. We worked a couple of cases together. I used to see him at the courthouse. Main thing is, we were wearing the same colors."

Boyle says he contacted Newman about doing something to honor Durman that could also be a unique and positive experience for Brandy and Brayden Durman.

"Ryan and my sister donated around 35 race tickets," Boyle said. "I don't know that Brandy was a real big NASCAR fan. But I explained to her that it was a pretty big honor to Bryan to have his badge number on a car during a Cup race. I think she's excited about coming to the race with Brayden."

Boyle says between 50-55 Lexington police officers will attend Saturday's race.

Says Newman: "When my brother-in-law said his friend and co-worker was killed, we saw this as an opportunity to get (Durman's) wife and child out to the racetrack to enjoy a race and to honor (Durman) by putting his decal, his badge number, on our car."

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