Po­lice units to rev up their mo­tor­cy­cles for rodeo ben­e­fit­ing fam­i­lies of fallen of­fi­cers

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The Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino in Hol­ly­wood and the Semi­nole Tribe of Florida will once again present the “South East Po­lice Mo­tor­cy­cle Rodeo.”

The event will take place April 30-May 3, with the main event set to oc­cur May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lo­cal and out-of-state com­peti­tors will rev up their en­gines to ma­neu­ver var­i­ous cour­ses while prac­tic­ing safe driv­ing tac­tics. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit C.O.P.S. (Con­cerns of Po­lice Sur­vivors), an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, and other char­i­ties.

150 rid­ers from more than 20 agencies through­out Florida and the east coast will com­pete. This year’s par­tic­i­pants will in­clude mo­tor­cy­cle units from the Fort Laud­erdale, Co­ral Springs, Boca Ra­ton, Semi­nole and Mi­ami-Dade Po­lice De­part­ments as well as the Broward, Mi­ami Dade and Palm Beach sher­iff ’s of­fices. Teams from Sara­sota and out of the state are also ex­pected to com­pete.

“This is a fan­tas­tic fam­ily event for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the par­tic­i­pat­ing law en­force­ment of­fi­cers,” said Don Solinger, pres­i­dent of the rodeo. “A com­mit­tee of mo­tor­cy­cle of­fi­cers has de­signed a course that is not only dif­fi­cult, but fun. This year’s event, once again, will chal­lenge the par­tic­i­pants to be safer while per­form­ing these tasks and give us the op­por­tu­nity to raise funds for a great cause.”

In ad­di­tion to C.O.P.S., the mo­tor­cy­cle rodeo will ben­e­fit other char­i­ties in­clud­ing Ta­ma­rac Po­lice Ex­plor­ers, Semi­nole Po­lice Ex­plor­ers, Cody’s An­gels, Tower’s With a Heart and other lo­cal char­i­ties through spon­sor­ships, a silent auc­tion and raf­fle. Prizes in­clude a 2013 Har­ley-David­son 883 Su­perLow Mo­tor­cy­cle with a ramp free mo­tor­cy­cle trailer, do­nated by Har­ley-David­son, Ch­ester’s Har­ley-David­son and Ramp Free Mo­tor­cy­cle Trail­ers Sales and Rentals. Raf­fle tick­ets, which can be pur­chased dur­ing the rodeo, will cost $1 per ticket or 25 for $20.

Guests will also en­joy a va­ri­ety of food, spon­sor and trade booths, a “Kids Zone” and fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties while law en­force­ment of­fi­cers com­pete.

The South East Po­lice Mo­tor­cy­cle Rodeo is com­prised of a com­mit­tee of more than 85 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from South Florida. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 954-288-7201.

Sara­sota Sher­iff’s Sergeant Dar­rell Seck­endorf, left, Broward Sher­iff’s Deputy Mike Pianelli, Fort Laud­erdale Po­lice Of­fi­cer Don Solinger, Coral Springs Po­lice Of­fi­cer Chris Swin­son and Mi­ra­mar Po­lice re­tired Sergeant Nate Nielsen

Steve Tritt, left, and Robert Liguori

Sergeant Martin Giller, left, Deputy Kevin Taub and Deputy Paul Rich

Pete Geary, left, and Deputy Greg Lafleur

The South East Po­lice Mo­tor­cy­cle Rodeo’s 25th an­nual "Sem­i­nar & Safety Tri­als" will ben­e­fit Con­cerns of Po­lice Sur­vivors (C.O.P.S.).

Of­fi­cer Ja­son Sor­rell, left, Of­fi­cer Shaun Van­be­ber and Ma­jor Jim Polan

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