1811 Magazine — Summer 2011
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Leu Long Ride 2011
Dennis Malloy

Who are they? Where do they come from? Why do they do it?

LEU’s FLETC to Virginia Beach Ride

They are Police Officers; State and Local. They are Federal Agents; active and retired. They are brothers and sisters who are or were Law Enforcement Officers (many FLEOA members) and they love it. They come from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Minnesota They ride bicycles from FLETC in Brunswick, GA to Virginia Beach in 8 days. The ride averages over a hundred miles a day. Many rest a day and join up with other LEU riders for the 3 day Road to Hope rider to the Pentagon Memorial.

Why? They do it because they are “Law Enforcement United” and they will make sure that those who gave their lives for the citizens of this country will never be forgotten. They do it for the officer who was killed on his first shift as a policeman wearing a borrowed uniform and using borrowed equipment. They do it for officers who were killed helping others. And most of all they do it for the wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters left behind. They do it to let the families know that their loved ones will never be forgotten. The ceremonies attended were for officers killed between 1948 and 2011.

This year they did it especially for James “Rob” Moorhead, retired Customs and Boarder Protection pilot, FLEOA Agency President, husband and father. Rob had joined in this ride for the past five years, because he cared. Rob was struck by a vehicle and killed in Louisiana while riding his bike to practice for the “long ride”. His family will miss him, FLEOA will miss him, the riders will miss him, but he “will never be forgotten.”

“It is not how these men and women died that counts, but how they lived”. God bless them and their families.

On May 10, 2011 approximately 400 current and retired law enforcement officers, state, local and federal, set off on a three day, 240 mile bicycle trek from Chesapeake, VA to the Pentagon Memorial. The journey, called the Road to Hope, honors the men and women who have died in the line of duty and their surviving family members, friends and coworkers. Started in 2009, Law Enforcement United (LEU) is an organization committed to honoring the service and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their goal is to raise money and awareness for the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and the essential support COPS provides to the family, friends and co workers who suffered from the loss. They fulfill their mission by providing financial support to the Concerns Of Police Survivors (COPS) and the Officer Down Memorial Page.

After the 240 mile ride, the LEU riders received a warm welcome upon their arrival at the Pentagon Memorial. The three day ride was an arduous one, but the riders all know that their journey was simple compared to that of the survivors as they continue to deal with the tragic loss of a loved one. Each cyclist wore a bracelet in memory of a fallen officer, and as they made their way to the Pentagon Memorial, they were all given a flag to carry with them; a flag bearing a picture of a fallen officer.

The flags were presented to the surviving family members at a ceremony prior to the NLEOM Candlelight Vigil. At the welcoming ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial LEU presented COPS with a check for $135,000 and the Officer Down Memorial Page $50,000.

If you are interested in participating in next year’s Road to Hope ride, go the LEU website www.lawenforcementunited.org or send an email to contact@lawenforcementunited.org