Plymouth Police Bike For Charity
It’s National Police Week, and seven Plymouth Police officers are honoring fallen heroes by participating in a long distance bike ride.
Officer Ryan Peterson has participated in the Law Enforcement United Ride for six years. He, along with hundreds of police officers from across the country, hit highways and side streets. Peterson is a school resource officers at Armstrong High School. He’s the only one from Plymouth to do the extreme distance ride, which means he rode an extra eight days before the start of the three-day ride.
“We started in St. Louis, and we went through Springfield, Illinois, Danville Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana,” he explained. “We had two days where we did 134 miles and one day where we did 135 miles.”
Once the riders reached Roanoke, Virginia, they got to choose from five different routes which would eventually lead them to Washington, D.C. Peterson picked the Pennsylvania route. In all, Peterson rode for 11 days straight and a total of 1,134 miles.
“This year I rode for patrolman Chase Maddox. He’s from the Locust Grove, Georgia Police Department,” explained Peterson.
The Plymouth police officer says the extreme bike ride is a small price to pay to honor someone who died.
“Its kind of like our pain is temporary, but the pain these families and the children go through; that’s permanent, that doesn’t ever go away.”
Officer Peterson raised almost five thousand dollars for the event. Monies will go towards several different charities. https://www.leunited.org/