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Blue Knights Chapter XXII 2011 Law Enforcement Memorial Ride

By Lulu

One of the first rides we did for Thunder Roads Magazine was with the Blue Knights from Flagler County. Their rides are always well organized and this was no exception.  The ride started at Heroe’s Memorial Park in Palm Coast, took us down A1A on the most beautiful day.  Our ribbon of hundreds of bikes was then led through the Loop and eventually landed us at Dirty Harry’s on Main Street for free BBQ and great live music by Bad Mannerz.

The purpose of this yearly event is to remember officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  The first of these rides was to honor Chuck Seese who died on duty in Flagler County.  All of this was exceptionally somber to me since recently my nephew became a police officer in Louisville and one of my son’s best friends was one of the officer’s gunned down this year in Pensacola, Florida. Although, Jeremy survived he lost both kidneys because when his gun jammed he reached down for a second gun and the bullets found a way around his bullet proof vest.  Although he is lucky to be alive his life will never be the same!  I worry everyday for my sister and my nephew Joel.  But that is the line of work men and women with courage choose to do. As we rode under the flags flying over 100 near I95 where Officer Seese lost his life I prayed for my nephew and Jeremy. We should all admire and thank the brave men and women who protect us each and every day.
The funds raised from the ride will help send families of officers killed on duty to Washington, DC where a monument with the names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice are added each year, and for other Law Enforcement Memorial projects.
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