Three Mooresville officers will be making a trek across North Carolina and Virginia for the annual Bike 2 D.C. event, in honor of K-9 Officer Jordan Sheldon, who lost his life in the line of duty on May 4.
Corporal Tim Taylor, Officer Zoe Young, and Officer Aaron Moore left Mooresville on May 9 at 8 a.m., traveling by bicycle with a support vehicle on their way to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The three have made the journey for several years, starting in 2014, to honor other fallen officers, but this year, it hits closer to home.
“It’s personal this time,” said Moore. “We’re doing this in sadness, but it’s important to all of us.”
During the ride, the officers will carry Sheldon’s badge and name tag, and plan to have a copy of his identification on the back of their bicycles. Moore said other departments have also asked to wear copies Sheldon’s ID during the ride.
The three officers will ride with hundreds of other members of law enforcement and professional cyclists, covering more than 500 miles in four days. The course makes stops in Charlotte, Asheboro and Greensboro in North Carolina, and South Boston and Richmond in Virginia, ending in D.C. on May 12. On May 13, the riders will attend a candlelight vigil at the memorial to honor all fallen officers.
This year’s support vehicle that will ride alongside the cyclists also has special meaning, as it was decorated by Sign Post with graphics that have Sheldon’s badge number and photos of him with his former K-9, Loki.
“The material it’s made out of will let people write on it, so they can sign it during the ride,” said Moore. “We can also remove it later and make it into a more permanent memorial. They did a great job with it, and it looks amazing.”
The officers are already making plans to return next year, when Sheldon’s name will join more than 20,000 other officers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
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