Two Livermore police officers will ride their bikes next month for four days from Hanover, N.J., to Washington, D.C., in order to raise money for a law enforcement memorial and museum.
Starting May 9, officers Cindy Moore and Elaine Briggs will ride 300 miles in the Police Unity Tour. Hundreds of other law enforcement officers from all over the country will also ride in the event. Fallen officers' families will wait for them at the finish line.
Each rider chooses to ride in at least one fallen officer's honor and wears a bracelet with his or her name on it during the ride. At the end of the ride they give the bracelet to surviving family members at a candlelight vigil in honor of the fallen officers.
"It's something that I am very passionate about," said Briggs. "It's kind of dear to my heart. I started riding after four Oakland officers were killed March 21, 2009.
This year Briggs is riding for four other officers, including two fallen Bay Area officers. CHP officer Kenyon Youngstrom was shot in the head last September near Danville. He had been removing a deer carcass from the freeway near Danville when an unrelated traffic stop nearby resulted in his shooting.
The other Bay Area fallen officer, Elizabeth Butler, was shot dead along with her partner during a sexual assault investigation in Santa Cruz. Moore and Briggs also work in the sexual crimes investigative unit for the LPD.
Briggs is also riding for National Park Service Ranger Margaret Anderson, and a Wisconsin officer named Jennifer Sebena, both of whom were shot dead last year.
Moore is riding for an FBI agent killed in 1979 named J. Robert Porter.
The story behind her choosing this FBI agent is touching.
A recent article written about Moore and her longtime K-9 partner, Andy, who died at age 12 last year, was seen by a woman in Arizona. The woman wrote a long letter to Moore and mentioned that her father died in the line of duty as an FBI agent. Moore told her she would ride in her father's memory at this year's event.
"I wanted to keep his memory alive, because this happened many years ago," said Moore.
Officers from all branches participate in this event, and Moore said it's amazing to meet people from all types of law enforcement.
"It's pretty incredible to see," said Briggs. "There's probably 1,200, 1,600 riders that come together from all over the country."
The goal for Moore and Briggs is to raise $2,500 each to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum, which is located in Washington, D.C. Moore, who is a 15-year veteran, has ridden in the event once before, while Briggs, a 14-year veteran, has ridden three times.
Anyone wishing to donate to this cause can do so online at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/livermore-policedepartment or write a check payable to Police Unity Tour, with "Chapter 13, Livermore Police Officers" in the check's memo line. Mail checks to the Livermore police department, attention Cindy Moore, 1110 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore CA 94550. Donations are tax-deductible.
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