“I was very fortunate during my 20 years in law enforcement to have only known one police officer killed in the line of duty. But having seen how that awful incident affected the families of that police officer I have a deep conviction to do whatever I can to recognize the ultimate sacrifice some police officers make. What makes the death of a police officer particularly tragic in my opinion is the fact that they are merely doing a job of trying to protect the public from wrongdoing. Having been around police officers for most of my life, I can tell you that under that façade are regular young men and women who are not superhuman but “average people” just doing their job.
When I heard that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in North Carolina were planning a bicycle ride from Charlotte to Washington DC to honor fallen police officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial annual service, I jumped at the chance to show my support and combining my love of cycling…I needed a strong reason to want to ride 500 miles in four (4) days! A colleague and good friend, Chris Couch who retired from the CMPD just over five (5) years ago knew Officer Fred Thornton of CMPD who lost his life in the line of duty in 2011. The Bike to DC 2012 ride is decidedly in honor of Officer Fred Thornton. I am riding the 500 miles in honor of his sacrifice as well as the other 176 officers from around the country killed in the line of duty in 2011.”
For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund visit http://www.nleomf.org/