Motorcycle caravan rides for fallen officers

June 1, 2008 8:39:57 PM PDT
An enormous caravan of motorcyclists rode from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore this Sunday. They did it to raise money for families of 3 slain police officers. Just after 10 this morning hundreds of motorcyclists pulled out of the police academy bound for the shore with a noble cause tied to a time of profound sorrow. The caravan to North Wildwood is a fundraiser for the families of the 3 Philadelphia Police officers murdered in the line of duty in the last 2 years.

The riders, as many as 400, paid $125 a bike to join the caravan, which went down I-95 to the Walt Whitman Bridge and into New Jersey. The money raised will go to the families of Officer Gary Skerski, killed in May of '06; the survivors of Officer Chuck Cassidy, slain last Halloween; and Sgt. Steven Liczbiniski, who was killed last month.

Today's motorcycle trek down the shore and back is roughly 200 miles - a long joy ride on a beautiful day, that is never-the-less shrouded in deep tragedy and sorrow.

Not all the riders were Philadelphia cops. Many were firefighters from suburban departments - many were cops from other forces as well.

The motorcycle caravan rolled into North Wildwood around 12:30, their mission 1/2 complete. Most are back home tonight getting ready for another day's work in the dangerous world of public safety.

No word yet on how many thousands of dollars were raised today.


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