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