Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bike for Blue

As part of recognizing National Police Week, members of the Richmond Police Department will join others in law enforcement tomorrow to pedal in a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., in honor of officers who died in the line of duty.

This year’s Bike for the Blue memorial ride takes off tomorrow, Thursday, May 13, at 6 a.m. from the State Capitol. A contingent of about 60 officers representing Richmond and jurisdictions from Virginia and North Carolina and local and Washington ATF agents will participate.

Bike for the Blue participants will ride the 117 miles up Route 1 to the nation’s capital to meet their colleagues from across the country for the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. Richmond Police will remember the officers who gave their lives for the city as it participates in the ride for the 15th year.

“I just returned from the International Police Mountain Bike Association meeting in St. Louis,” said Sgt. Danny Rhodenizer. “Many officers from around the country told us they look on with pride as we ride to the nation’s capitol in remembrance every year. We ride for those who cannot make it here – and for those who have gone before us.”

The media is encouraged to attend.