As most of you know, over the last three years, I have joined hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers from all over the country and rode my bike from Ground Zero to Washington D.C. in honor of those men and women who have died in the line of duty. I may have done the riding, but my friends and family did the giving by donating well over my fundraising goal both years in a row!
Well, I have to ask you, my loved ones, to dig into your pockets, wallets, piggy banks, coffee cans....whatever, and help me once again. 2012 marks my fourth year of riding and the 16th year anniversary of the ride itself.
This year, I will be riding in honor of NYPD Sergeant Michael Russell E.O.W. 08/02/79, 75th PCT.
Sgt. Russell was at bat during an evening softball game on August 2, 1979, between off duty 75 Pct. Police and a neighborhood team in the East New York section of Brooklyn, when an argument broke out between a civilian player and three men who had strolled onto the outfield.
One of the men drew a revolver and fatally shot the player in the abdomen. Though unarmed, Sgt. Russell led a contingent of police in pursuit, cornering the gunman in a nearby garden. In a struggle Sgt. Russell was mortally shot, and the gunman and Sgt. Donald Keneally were wounded.
On the force nine years, Sgt. Russell was cited twice for bravery, and acquired a reputation for special interest in young people and victims of crime. He is survived by his wife Grace, 3 year old daughter, Jessica and 1 year old son, Donald. Sergeant Russell's name can be found on Panel 41-E:7 of the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
I hope you can help me raise the money to get myself there.
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