Group bikes to Washington, D.C. in honor of fallen police officers
Law Enforcement United, Inc. honors officers fallen in the line of duty by organizing a bicycle ride from Brunswick, Ga. to Washington, D.C. every year. Some of the group's riders stopped in Greenville on Tuesday to remember the death of Officer Jason Campbell, who was killed at a Hess Gas Station on Greene Street in 2007.
“It’s an honor to have them stop here. They presented me with a bracelet. One of the riders is riding in honor of Officer Jason Campbell …and that just sort of froze me in my tracks when they presented me with that,” said Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden.
“Even though I didn't know Officer Campbell here in Greenville, we do feel him as part of our brotherhood,” said Richard Gallo, a rider.
Some of the bikers said they are taking part in the annual trek for their families.
“I ride for my father, first and foremost, who was killed in the line of duty September 7, 2009. He was a member of the North St. Paul Police Department in North St. Paul, Minnesota,” said Richard Crittenden, Jr.
The bikers are also riding to raise money for the children of fallen law enforcement officers, so they can go to summer camps.
“Every rider raises $1,300 for concerns of police survivors,” said Gallo.
Law Enforcement United, Inc. is made up exclusively of active and retired officers, as well as family members of fallen officers.
“We bicycle ride approximately 100 miles per day, so we do 800 miles in 8 days,” Gallo said.
They plan to arrive in Washington, D.C. just in time for National Police Week.
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