Officer joins national bike ride for fallen police officers

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Another law enforcement memorial service will be held Friday at 10 the Pitt County Courthouse.

"These men and women gave their lives protecting the citizens of the United States and we pay homage to them and we make sure that they're never forgotten", said Lt. Richard Trout, of the Atlantic County Department of Public Safety.

The family of a police lieutenant who was fatally struck on the New Jersey Turnpike earlier this year was honored during a Wednesday morning ceremony attended by hundreds of bicyclists as they began a four-day ride to Washington D.C. To register for this free online event, visit

More than 2,000 law enforcement officers are taking part in the almost 200-mile trek that is going through Albemarle County on Thursday, May 10.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation's capital during National Police Week 2018.

The ceremony is a prelude to National Police Week, which runs from Sunday through Saturday, May 19, the week encompassing National Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, a day established by Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1962.

On May 15 each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.