Local Police to Ride Bicycles to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
The Road to Hope Shelby Bicycle Team has begun training and preparing to participate in The Road to Hope Bicycle Ride this May. Road to Hope Shelby is a non-profit 501(3)(c) group, consisting of thirteen local police officers and supporters who will pedal their way over 500 miles to Washington, DC. The Road to Hope Bicycle Ride was created by Law Enforcement United with the objective to honor officers killed in the line of duty and to support and remember their families. Law Enforcement United, supports 15 programs that range from C.O.P.S. Kids Camp to Project Active Armor.
Law Enforcement United will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary of the Road to Hope in 2019. Team members will join other members of Law Enforcement United in Raleigh, NC, on May 6th to begin their journey. They will travel across the state and up the coast for three days to Chesapeake, VA, where they will meet up with a larger group of riders. They will then continue their trek and arrive just outside of Washington D.C., where all members of Law Enforcement United across the nation will unite. The group of approximately 1000 riders will arrive together in Washington D.C. during National Peace Officer Memorial Week.
Local riders are Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony; Sgt. Shannon Porter, Sgt. Craig Earwood, Sgt. Seth Treadway, and Lt. Chris Howington of the Shelby Police Department; Stephen Brackeen, Chaplain for the Shelby Police Department; James Brackeen, father of Stephen and the late SPD Officer Tim Brackeen; Major Durwin Briscoe, Sgt. Daniel Howell, and Officer Gary Lee of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Chad Owens of the Gaston County Police Department; Capt. Brent Harp of the Bessemer City Police Dept.; and Officer Mitchel Adams of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.
Donations raised by team members are used to support Law Enforcement United’s Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Kids Camp. The summer camp is similar to most summer camps with swimming, fishing, arts & crafts, etc., with the addition of special grief counselors for the kids and spouses who have lost a parent or spouse in the line of duty.
Law Enforcement United raises the necessary funds to run the camp. The cost is $1500 per one child and one adult to attend. Each additional child is $750. The average amount per family (one adult and two children) is $2250. The team has a goal of raising $1500 per team member for support of the camp.
In addition, the following programs are supported by Law Enforcement United: Young Adult Camp, Outward Bound, college scholarships, retreats, training and counseling, Officer Down Memorial Page, websites and mobile apps, equipment grants, and The Spirit of Blue Foundation.
All donations are tax-deductible. For more information or tax deduction forms, contact team members or send an e-mail to RoadToHopeShelby@gmail.com . Checks should be made out to the Road to Hope-Shelby. Road to Hope-Shelby will present a check for all Road to Hope-Shelby team members to Law Enforcement United. Donations can be mailed to Road to Hope-Shelby, P.O. Box 207 Shelby, NC 28151.