From May 10-12, Michael Long, bike patrol officer with Xavier Police, will ride his bicycle 250 miles to honor fallen police officers and their families. Long is a resident of Fairfield. At a rose ceremony on May 13 at the National Police Officer Memorial in Washington D.C., he will dedicate his ride to the family of a police officer killed in the line of duty in 2010.
The Police Unity Tour is a law enforcement bicycle ride from Portsmouth, Virginia to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. One thousand officers from around the country participate in this annual ride “for those who died." Long is the first police officer from Xavier to participate in the event. Riders are required to raise a minimum of $1,800 each. Over 40 people helped Long meet that pledge and he is still receiving donations. “The donations go a long way in assisting me honor those that serve,” Long says. “This is a charity that I believe so much in and a personal goal I have set for myself to accomplish.”
The funds raised are used in part to support the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the future National Law Enforcement Museum. Visit http://policeunitytourviii.org/ for more information. To pledge to Officer Long’s ride, http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/michaellong/Police-Unity-Tour-2011