CPD participating in Fundraiser for Fallen Officers ahead of 250 mile ride

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Seven officers are preparing for a 250-mile ride to raise money for fallen officers.

Team Chattanooga is composed of Chattanooga Police officers who will ride with Law Enforcement United to ahead of National Police Week 2018.

Thousands of officers will meet in different northeastern cities to begin the journey and each officer will represent one of the fallen.

Rob Simmons says, “When an officer dies in the line of duty it is tragic for our community, it’s tragic for our officers, but a lot of times what we don’t remember is that these officers have families.”

Chattanooga Police officers will begin in Atlantic City, New Jersey and head to DC for National Police Week in May.

Simmons says, “Riding into Washington, DC after spending 3 days on a bike… is amazing and a gift really, because as we ride into DC we are greeted by thousands of people on each side of the road, cheering us on and it kinda of brings your spirits up because you are exhausted”

However, it is not just about remembering the fallen officers, but supporting the people they left behind.

“That money goes to camps for their children, scholarships for their children,” says Simmons.

Clay Tolson has participated for several years and says they wear bracelets that list the office’s name and how long they served when while riding.

“I got to ride in 2014 for an officer who was killed the previous year and his wife who was then pregnant with his unborn child at the time. They actually found me because they saw the flag that was on the back of my bike,” says Tolson.

The department has a trailer that was made possible in part by local sponsor Litespeed. On the back, there is a list of the fallen officers from our area dating back to 1879.

Simmons says the number one purpose of this ride is “to honor the fallen and remember the survivors.”

If you want to donate, there are instructions there on how they can do it here on their Law Enforcement United (LEU) Facebook Page. There is also a Team Chattanooga t-shirt for sale as well.


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