Police Officer Again Rides 250 Miles to Honor Fallen Officers
Xavier University Police Department bike officer Mike Long will participate in the Police Unity Tour, a 250-mile bicycle ride over May 10-12 from Portsmouth Virginia to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial via the Tidewater Trail Route. At 3:00 p.m. every May 12, bicyclists and supporters converge at the Memorial in an emotional, yet spectacular, arrival ceremony witnessed by thousands.
This is the second time Long will make the ride. “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 3 day ride in tribute, was bittersweet and an honor,” he said. “I am happy to be participating in the Police Unity Tour 250 mile bicycle ride again in 2012.”
Fairfield Cyclery donated their time to maintain his bike and prepare it for a safe tour. Long is riding 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. When he reaches the National Law Enforcement Memorial, he will place it next to Dulle's name.
“This reminds me and the other riders,” he said, “that no matter how tired we feel, we can still live another day. The officers we ride for made the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving and exist only in memory.”
Sergeant Brian 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. The suspect ran one cruiser off the road into a ditch on U.S. 42 before continuing towards Utica Road. After striking Sergeant Dulle the suspect fled on foot but was arrested several hours later following a massive manhunt. In October 2011 Sergeant Dulle's killer was convicted of murder and seven other charges in connection with the incident. Sergeant Dulle was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Warren County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and two siblings.
Donate to Long’s ride at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/michaellong/policeunitytourchapterviii2012
Brief description of the ride excerpted from Long’s journal last year:
Day 1 is 117 miles and 12 hours on the road.
Day 2 is 83 miles, but the most topographically challenging portion of the ride through AP Hill and the ½ mile “widow maker” into Fredericksburg.
Day 3 is 75 miles. We start at 6:00 a.m. with our legs heavy as lead and our muscles burning. The first 45 miles are all uphill. On day 3 we meet other Chapters from all over the US and some foreign countries. All are police officers or family members of fallen officers. Washington, DC is at a standstill, flooded with more than 2,000 officers riding in pairs for those who died in the line of duty. We ride through the middle of the National Law Enforcement Memorial to cheers from thousands of people.
Day 4 is a candlelight vigil that lights up a city block. In full dress uniform my chapter has the honor of escorting family members. This is one of the most exhilarating, humbling, fulfilling and emotional experiences I have had. I use my vacation time and money for this ride and would do it proudly a 1,000 times more. I heartily appreciate the donors who make this ride meaningful.