Xavier University police bike patrol officer Mike Long is riding 250 miles from Thursday, May 10, through Saturday, May 12, in the Police Unity Tour that honors fallen officers.
This is the second time Long will make the ride, this time in memory of Sgt. Brian Dulle of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, who was struck and killed by a fleeing suspect in 2011. Long has attached a memorial plaque to his bike and will place it next to Dulle's name when he reaches the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“To be in a place with the families of those who have died in the line of duty and to be surrounded by police officers who also completed the difficult three-day ride in tribute was bittersweet and an honor,” he said. “I am happy to be participating in the Police Unity Tour again in 2012.”
Riders leave from Portsmouth, Va., en route to the memorial via the Tidewater Trail Route. At 3:00 p.m. every May 12, bicyclists and supporters converge at the memorial in an emotional ceremony witnessed by thousands. More than 2,000 police officers attend the event which includes a candlelight vigil.
“This reminds me and the other riders that no matter how tired we feel, we can still live another day,” he said. “The officers we ride for made the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving and exist only in memory.”
Dulle, 36, was struck and killed by a suspect's vehicle on May 10, 2011, while deploying stop sticks at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Utica Road in Warren County north of Cincinnati. The suspect ran one cruiser off the road into a ditch on U.S. 42 before continuing towards Utica Road. After striking Dulle, the suspect fled on foot but was arrested several hours later following a massive manhunt.
In October 2011, the suspect was convicted of murder and seven other charges in connection with the incident. Dulle was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Warren County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He left behind a wife and three children.
Fairfield Cyclery donated the maintenance for Long’s bicycle. Donations are being accepted to support Long's entry fee. All proceeds benefit the memorial.