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Bike ride to honor fallen officers

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, April 29, 2019

A group of North Carolina police officers will soon make an annual bicycle ride from Raleigh to Washington, D.C., with a stop in Rocky Mount to honor their fallen brothers.

Twenty-five members of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, along with around 40 other current and former law enforcement officers and survivors, are set to embark on a 500-mile bicycle ride in honor of fallen officers.

"We will depart Raleigh on May 6 and ride to Washington, D.C., where we will arrive on May 12," said Maj. Ian Kendrick, support services commander for the N.C. State University Police Department in Raleigh.

Along the way, the group will stop at several locations where law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.

"One of these locations will be at the Rocky Mount Police Department, where we will have a memorial in honor of fallen police officer Chris Driver," Kendrick said. "For me, this is a special honor since I am a former Rocky Mount police officer and I will be riding in honor of Chris."

Kendrick worked for the Rocky Mount Police Department from 1998 until 2006 and worked with Driver.

Driver was killed June 23 when his patrol car crashed into a commercial vehicle parked illegally in the middle of the street.

Rocky Mount has two officers who died in the line of duty.

Officer Allen Silver was killed May 2, 2007, during a crash while responding to a robbery call.

In addition to the bike ride, the Rocky Mount City Council at last week's meeting recognized the week of May 12-18 as Police Officer Week and May 15 as Peace Officer Memorial Day.

"We have had two officers from our agency to lose their lives in the line of duty," Mayor David Combs said. "These officers were fine officers and deserve to be honored."

Signed into law in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National Police Week shows special recognition to officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

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