Memorial motorcycle ride a success
Annual event held in honour of late Sam Jeffers of Freshwater
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.
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.