Police Unity Tour passes through Centreville
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.
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.
From left, Centreville Town Councilmen Jim Beauchamp, President George “Smokey” Sigler and Vice President Tim McCluskey.