Riding from St. Louis to Washington D.C., Law Enforcement United came through Beckley on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to honor fallen law enforcement officers. They were welcomed by many different officers working in the city of Beckley.
Chris Potter, a cyclist from Tucson, said they make multiple stops on their journey to D.C.
“So during that time each day we do about six or seven memorial stops which we try to get as many different police agencies that have lost officers, meet with coworkers, meet with surviving family members that are at the stop and explain to them that it doesn’t matter if their loss was their great great grandfather 150 years ago, or if it was as recent as a couple of weeks ago, that we are doing this ride to honor their family member and to support them as surviving family members for as long as we can,” Potter said.
Many of these officers do this every year. For Jessica Noble, she travels from Illinois to make connections with those who suffered a loss.
“It is a connection with the family and supporting the kids and helping them live their new normal. And then we’re a big family, so you look forward to it like Christmas because we get to support each other. We’ve got a few going through a hard time right now and just being able to support them is a privilege,” Noble said.
While in Beckley, these officers were able to honor the lives of three officers from the area who sacrificed their lives on the job.