Po­lice Unity Tour passes through Centreville

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CENTREVILLE — More than 600 bi­cy­clists road down Mary­land 213 South on Wed­nes­day, May 11, drenched in rain, as part of the 2016 Po­lice Unity Tour.

The idea be­hind the ride is to raise aware­ness for of­fi­cers who died while serv­ing in the line of duty. The event be­gan in 1997 with 18 rid­ers go­ing from New Jersey down south to the Of­fi­cers Me­mo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

The orig­i­nal ride raised $18,000. This past May, al­most 2,000 to­tal rid­ers raised $1,997,000 for the Na­tional Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cers Me­mo­rial Fund, bring the to­tal amount raised over the al­most 20 years to about $18 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Be­fore all the rid­ers passed through Centreville, a few rid­ers stopped and played “Taps” while the of­fi­cers rode by the Nick­er­son Me­mo­rial out­side of the Centreville Po­lice Depart­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event and how to do­nate, visit www.po­lice uni­ty­tour.com.

Check www.myeast­ern shoremd.com to view a short video of the bik­ers pass­ing through town.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

More than 600 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers biked through the Town of Centreville as part of the Po­lice Unity Tour, which has been rais­ing aware­ness for of­fi­cers killed in the line of duty since 1997, on Wed­nes­day, May 11.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

From left, Centreville Town Coun­cil­men Jim Beauchamp, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler and Vice Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey.

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