Memo­rial mo­tor­cy­cle ride a suc­cess

An­nual event held in hon­our of late Sam Jef­fers of Fresh­wa­ter

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Or­ga­niz­ers of the seventh Const. Sam Jef­fers’ Memo­rial Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride say this year’s event was the big­gest yet, with some $700 raised to help with the up­keep of the Po­lice and Peace Of­fi­cers’ Memo­rial at Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing in St. John’s.

The ride was held Sept. 15, and cli­maxed in Car­bon­ear at the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Community Cen­tre, where some 40 riders, po­lice of­fi­cers and fam­ily mem­bers of Sam Jef­fers were wel­comed by town of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Mayor Sam Slade.

The event is staged each year by a group called the New­found Riders mo­tor­cy­cle group.

It hon­ours Sam Jef­fers of Fresh­wa­ter, who was se­ri­ously injured on Sept. 18, 1957 while on duty as a con­sta­ble with the New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary.

Jef­fers was in­volved in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent at Rawl­ins Cross, St. John’s. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred when he was 26 years-of-age. At that time hel­mets were not worn, and Const. Jef­fers never re­cov­ered from the head in­juries.

He spent the next 43 years at the Waterford Hospi­tal, where he died on Sept. 4, 2000.

New­found Riders mo­tor­cy­cle group have been rais­ing money in his hon­our since 2001.

Among the spe­cial guests on hand this year was Fresh­wa­ter res­i­dent Daphne Jef­fers, who was mar­ried to Sam’s late brother. Daphne’s son, David, and his wife, In­grid, also took part in a re­cep­tion hosted by the Town of Car­bon­ear.

Pro­ceeds from the event will be turned over to the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion in mem­ory of Const. Jef­fers. The an­nual Po­lice and Peace Of­fi­cers’ Memo­rial Ser­vice was sched­uled to take place on Sept. 30.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Daphne Jef­fers (cen­tre) is sur­rounded by par­tic­i­pants in the seventh Const. Sam Jef­fers’ Memo­rial Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride dur­ing a re­cep­tion at the C o n c e p t i o n B ay Re­gional Community Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear on Sept. 15. She is hold­ing a pho­to­graph of her late brother-in­law, who was se­ri­ously injured while on duty with the New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary in 1957. Sam Jef­fers passed away in 2000.

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