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