This Saturday, 9/21/13, Chris, Matt, Ben, Colton, and Jason will be joining with the SPD Ride to Remember. We will travel to Springfield Massachusetts to join with 140 of our brothers and sisters to ride 104 miles to Boston, MA with a elevation gain on the ride of 4,850 feet. We will ride to bring awareness to all of the Massachusetts and New Englands fallen, but to remember Officer Kevin Ambrose (EOW 6/4/12) of the Springfield PD and Officer Jose Torres (EOW 7/26/12) of the Westfield PD.
Sunday 6/30/13 at 7am riders began to arrive in Amesbury MA for the 3rd Annual TeamNE/LEU Metric Century Ride. The riders came from Maine, New Hampshire, Boston, Metro-Springfield, and even Arizona to ride either 60 miles or 33 miles in honor of fallen officers. among those riding were members of the SPD-Ride to Remember team, who, on 9/21/13, will be riding 96 miles from Springfield MA to Boston in honor of Officer Kevin Ambrose (EOW 6/4/12) and Officer Jose Torres (EOW 7/26/12).
At 8:24 am the ride began, led by Sgt. Albert Chatigny of the Amesbury Police Department in his cruiser. Behind the Sgt. were were 120 riders heading out ride through 15 municipalities, in 2 states, following signs marking the route, which each had the name of a New England Officer that was killed in the line of duty. When the riders returned to Amesbury, they had the option to climb Po Hill for the Moorhead/Schock/Yung Memorial King of the Mountain Challenge. The KOM was named in honor of fallen LEU Riders. Approximately 50 riders completed the challenge. All in all it was a great day to remember the fallen and bring about awareness of the needs of survivors. Thanks for coming out to ride!
photo by Jeannine Bailey
Team New England, Law Enforcement United, and the LEU Metric Century are the subject of a wonderful article in the Newburyport Daily News: http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x746467363/I-just-want-people-to-remember-them
On May 17 Special Agents Stephen Shaw and Christopher Lorek (EOW 5/17/13) of the FBI where killed in a training accident off the Virginia Coast. SAs Shaw and Lorek were members of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team.
On May 19, in two officers gave their lives. Officer Daryl Raetz (EOW 5/19/13) of the Phoenix AZ Police Department was killed by a driver of an SUV that struck Officer Raetz who was arresting a drunk driver. The driver of the SUV was an illegal alien in possession of drugs, who fled the scene after striking and killing Officer Raetz.
Also on May 19, Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey (EOW 5/19/13) of the Horry County South Carolina Sheriff Department, died of complications from smoke inhalation. On May 16 Deputy Causey was among first responders at a massive fire of a condominium complex where 26 buildings were destroyed. That night Deputy Causey went into respiratory arrest from the smoke and was hospitalized where he fought for his life before passing on May 19th.
Keep these 4 Law Enforcement Professionals, their families, friends and agencies in your hearts.
Team New England and Law Enforcement United arrived yesterday in Washington DC, 400 riders strong for a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial right on the National Basin. There, checks for the fundraising efforts of Law Enforcement United were presented to Concerns of Police Survivors and Officer Down Memorial Page. This year the fundraising reached a record level of $80,000 to ODMP and $150,000 to COPS.
Today the riders from Team New England will be meeting with survivors then this evening at the NLEOM the Candle Light Vigil will be held and the names of the officers added to the memorial will be read.
I attached the photo by Officer Chris Davis who rode in honor of Chief Maloney. Chris placed a Greenland PD patch next to Chief Maloney's name.
On Patriots Day, Boston and the world was attacked by cowards. In the quest for justice, 2 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers were victims, Officer Donahue and Officer Collier (EOW 4/18/13). The world mourned with us and have held us up in our time of sorrow. Please remember all the injured and the killed in those cowardly attacks.
It was one year ago today that Greenland NH Police Chief Michael Maloney (EOW 4/12/12) participated in a warrant service with members of the regional drug task force and was shot and killed by the suspect. 2012 was a violent year for New England Law Enforcement and Chief Maloney's death was very close to home for Team New England. While preparing for the 2011 Metric Century which passes through Greenland, I spoke with Chief Maloney about the ride. Also friends and professional colleagues of members of Team New England were on the warrant entry that terrible afternoon one year ago.
Today, please remember not only Chief Maloney, but remember all law enforcement officers, because each day they risk all to protect our communities. As members of the Greenland NH PD and community remember and honor Chief Maloney, preparations are being made. Team New England is training and making the final logistical plans for the 2013 Road To Hope LEU ride, the NLEOMF is preparing to engrave the names of the 2012 fallen on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC, Team New England is planing the 2013 Metric Century Ride for June 30th, and officers are putting their lives on the line as they do day in and day out.
If you are anywhere near Greenland NH today, please join with the community in remembering Chief Maloney at the Greenland NH Police Department.
I want to thank everyone for coming out and riding. The day was a success and would not have been with out each and everyone of you! I am very happy to announce that no one got lost this year and everyone that joined us had a great time at the Amesbury Ale House for the post ride social. Your participation in the ride enables Team New England to ride in the 2013 Road to Hope and honor the fallen while supporting COPS and ODMP. I want to remind all the riders to look on ODMP for information on the fallen officer you rode in honor of. If you did not get one yet, we still have shirts from the ride left, sizes Large to 2XL for $10 each. Thanks again
The 2nd Annual Team New England/LEU Metric Century is Fast Approaching, but more Importantly..........
The ride is coming quick, but I would like to remind you of why we are riding and why we need your help. Officer Jose Torres of the Westfield PD was working a construction detail and was killed by a dump truck. Officer Torres leaves behind a wife and 2 children. It is for those that are left behind when Officer Torres died, that we ride the Road to Hope.
Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the Lawton Arms Apartments on Lawton Street shortly before 1:00 pm.
A woman had called 911 to report her boyfriend, for whom a restraining order had just been issued, was at her apartment complex and that she was in fear of her life. When Officer Ambrose arrived he encountered the two outside and spoke to them. The restraining ordered allowed the male to retrieve belongings from the apartment, so Officer Ambrose escorted both subjects to the third floor unit. When they opened the apartment door the male subject suddenly turned violent, pushed the woman into the apartment, and slammed the door.
As Officer Ambrose attempted to push the door open to get into the apartment the man fired a handgun through it, striking Officer Ambrose. The subject then opened the door, shot him again, and then shot the woman, wounding her. He then fled to his car where he committed suicide.
Other officers responding to the initial call located Officer Ambrose and the wounded woman and immediately began CPR. Both were transported to a local hospital where Officer Ambrose succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Ambrose had served with the Springfield Police Department for 36 years and had previously served as a police cadet for two years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one granddaughter.
Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21286-police-officer-kevin-ambrose#ixzz1x3RdeOlw