Ride Returns to Raise Money for Memorial

Motorcyclists head down I-393 toward Main Street, en route to the NH Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 2012 ride.

Motorcyclists head down I-393 toward Main Street, en route to the NH Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 2012 ride.

The New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Motorcycle Ride returns this month for a sixth run, with all proceeds going for upkeep of the memorial.

Stephen O’Donnell, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member and professor at NHTI, created the ride upon hearing funds were needed for upkeep of the site. The stunning memorial, which sits in front of the Legislative Office Building on North State Street in Concord, includes the names of all NH law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty. This year’s ride is set for Saturday, June 27.

A torch sits at the center of the NH Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Concord. Money raised by the motorcycle ride helps pay for maintenance at the memorial.

A torch sits at the center of the NH Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Concord. Money raised by the motorcycle ride helps pay for maintenance at the memorial.

O’Donnell, a former police officer, got the members of the NHTI Criminal Justice Club (which he advises) involved early on, and in recent years a motorcycle group made up of veterans and retired law enforcement — the Nam Knights — has joined in. For all involved, the goal is the same: raise money to preserve the memorial.

“Last year, we took in somewhere around $1,600 or $1,700 in registrations and donations,” O’Donnell said. “Over the first five years, we’ve taken in $6,600.”

All of the money raised goes directly to the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Association, which maintains the site.

The ride costs $20 per bike, regardless of whether you have a passenger. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at NHTI, and there will be coffee and snacks available before the ride, which starts at 9:45 a.m. When riders return to the campus, there will be a cookout. As usual, the ride will use only local roads.

“This year, we’re riding out to Newport,” O’Donnell said, noting that the police chief in town is actually an NHTI graduate. “We’ll go out Route 103, then come back on Routes 11, 4 and 3. The entire trip’s going to be about 90 miles.”

You can register on the day of the ride. If you have any questions, you can contact O’Donnell at odonl@comcast.net or 1-978-957-1976.

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