Cyclists take Ride of Hope to remember fallen officers

Published: May. 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM EDT|Updated: May. 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM EDT
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LEU Road to Hope ride from 2010.
LEU Road to Hope ride from 2010.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A group of law enforcement officers pedaling their way to Washington, DC will stop in Wilmington Thursday afternoon.

Law Enforcement United is a group of about 20 cyclists and their support teams. They are traveling to the nation's capital for the upcoming observance of National Police Week, May 15-21.

Thursday afternoon, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous will welcome all the riders during a brief ceremony at police headquarters.  The WPD Honor Guard and the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums Corps also will participate.

The names of fallen officers from Wilmington and New Hanover County will be read during the ceremony.

According to Lucy Crockett with WPD, this year's ride is especially poignant for the seasoned cyclists. James Robinson "Rob" Moorhead, cyclist and retired law enforcement officer, was a faithful participant in LEU's annual "Road to Hope" trips. Rob lost his life less than three weeks ago when he was struck and killed during a training ride.

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