Hendersonville umpire Bubba Perry called the recent memorial softball tournament for fallen HPD Officer Spencer Bristol an honor to be a part of.


When the Parks Department approached Perry to umpire the 16-team tournament held at Drakes Creek Park, there was no way he could say no.


The City of Hendersonville announced earlier this year that the inaugural Spencer Bristol Memorial Softball Tournament would be held for all active and retired first responders.


“The community has pulled together to help the family,” HPD officer Matt Lee told Hendersonville Standard in August. “There’s no doubt about that. And we wanted to do something as well. Something that would not only benefit Spencer’s family, but that would keep his memory alive. For us, it is a way to remember our brother and also continue to take care of his family moving forward.”


All proceeds benefited will go to the Bristol family.


“We had a great turnout, and overall it was a good day to honor Spencer,” Hendersonville Parks Director Andy Gilley said. “Give (officer) Matt Lee all the credit in this. He and Keith Bruce did an excellent job of organizing all of this.”


The Hendersonville Fire Department beat the Hendersonville Police Department in the championship game to take the inaugural tournament


Spencer Daniel Bristol, 31, of Hendersonville, passed away unexpectedly in the line of duty on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. He was struck by a vehicle while chasing a suspect on I-65.

Emani Martin, Jr. and Kevin Jordan were each charged with felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding and a window tint violation following a police pursuit that started in Hendersonville and ended in Nashville.


Bristol was a 2007 graduate of Station Camp High School, where he ran track, cross country and played football.

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