Sunday, April 17, 2011

Riding for Fallen Officers: Officer Tony Ofstead

The Woodbury Bulletin reports that 11-year Woodbury Police Department veteran Tony Ofstead will be going on a 250-mile bike ride from Chesapeake, Virginia to Washington, D.C., in May to raise awareness and funds for two charitable organizations that provide services for families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Ofstead, with a team of about 20 riders from Minnesota, as members of Law Enforcement United, will raise money and awareness for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and the Officers Down Memorial Page.

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) assists the families of police officers who die in the line of duty, and the Officers Down Memorial Page honors all police officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Team Minnesota’s goal is to raise $20,000.00. Ofstead is also selling Law Enforcement United buttons as part of his fundraising efforts and public donations can also be made at the Law Enforcement United website.

Two Minnesota police officers were killed on the job last year – Mahnomen County sheriff’s deputy Chris Dewey and Maplewood police officer Joe Bergeron – and 162 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty nationwide.

What an incredibly special way to honor and remember police officers who lose their lives in the line of duty.

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