10th Sam Jef­fers ride high­lighted by plaque un­veil­ing

The Compass - - PUZZLERS - — Sub­mit­ted by Michelle Barnes, New­found Rid­ers

On Satur­day, Sept. 21, the New­found Rid­ers held the 10th an­nual Mo­tor­cy­cle run for Const. Sam Jef­fers.

The run went from The Po­lice and Peace Of­fi­cers Mon­u­ment in St. John’s to the town hall grounds in Car­bon­ear. This year the New­found Rid­ers un­veiled a plaque in mem­ory of Const. Jef­fers.

Jef­fers was born in Car­bon­ear on Oct. 3, 1927. He joined the forces (at that time it was a com­bi­na­tion of the fire depart­ment and po­lice force) as a mem­ber of the fire depart­ment on June 26, 1953 and trans­ferred to the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary on March 9, 1955.

He was in­jured in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent while on duty on Sept. 18, 1957 and spent 43 years at the Water­ford Hos­pi­tal from head in­juries he re­ceived from the acci- dent. He passed away on Sept. 4, 2000.

Cliff Mor­gan and Bob Payton, two of the found­ing mem­bers of the New­found Rid­ers, came up with the sug­ges­tion that we should have a run for Const. Sam Jef­fers. Our first run was held on Sept 20, 2003. We first asked Alex Jef­fers, the brother of Const. Jef­fers, if he would mind if we could have a mo­tor­cy­cle run to re­mem­ber his brother. Alex Jef­fers gave the New­found Rid­ers per­mis­sion to have the run and he was there in Car­bon­ear, 10 years ago, to meet us on the first run.

Alex Jef­fers passed away a few years ago. It is too bad he didn’t get to see this plaque re­mem­ber­ing his brother. I think he would have been very proud.

I would like to add that all the pro­ceeds col­lected from reg­is­tra­tion goes to the Po­lice and Peace Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion to keep up the main­te­nance on the Po­lice and Peace Of­fi­cers Mon­u­ment, lo­cated at the east end of Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing.

Mean­while, the me­mo­rial plaque was the idea of one of our New­found Rid­ers found­ing mem­bers, Bob Payton. Bob came up with the idea af­ter the 2012 run. Bob de­signed the pedestal and worked closely with Frank Go­gos and New­found­land Bronze Foundry sculp­ture, Mor­gan Macdon­ald, with the plaque de­sign.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Jef­fers’ fam­ily, Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary, the Po­lice Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion and Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion and the Town of Car­bon­ear joined ride par­tic­i­pants for the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Par­tic­i­pants in the 10th Mo­tor­cy­cle Run for Const. Sam Jef­fers un­veiled a me­mo­rial plaque in Car­bon­ear on Sept. 21.

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