Police Cycling from Charlotte to DC Stop in Greensboro to Honor Fallen Officers

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CITY OF GREENSBORO               Contact:  Susan Danielsen

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Police Cycling from Charlotte to DC Stop in Greensboro to Honor Fallen Officers

 

GREENSBORO, NC (May 8, 2017) – More than 100 cyclists representing law enforcement agencies from across North Carolina and Virginia will stop in Greensboro May 10 as they make their way from Charlotte to Washington DC for Police Memorial Week. Returning to ride is Ms. Trisha Norkett, mother of Charlotte Officer John Burnett who died in the line of duty in 1993.

This is the eleventh year officers will make the journey from the Queen City to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in our nation’s capital. The ride is in honor of law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving others.

The first ride in 2007 consisted of four Charlotte-based officers who made the 370-mile journey to honor two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers, Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark, who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since then, the event has steadily grown in both participation and distance.

Today, the cyclists cover more than 500 miles in their four-day journey.

The cyclists are expected to arrive at the Guilford County line at Hunt Rd. and NC 62 at approximately 9 am on May 10. Greensboro police officers and Guilford County deputies will escort them to Governmental Plaza. At approximately 10 am, the group will lay a wreath in honor of fallen officers. Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott will welcome the group and make remarks at the brief ceremony, which is open to the public.

The group will then continue its ride under police escort to Gibsonville.

“This is not an easy journey. There is little flat ground between Charlotte and DC,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer K. Anderson who organized the ride this year. “But each officer is committed to complete this ride in honor of not only Officers Shelton and Clark, but for all those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Motorists can expect minor delays during portions of the route. Details about the ride, including the route, are available at www.biketodc.com.

The cyclists are expected to arrive in DC on May 12 and attend the evening Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial on May 13.

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