Three Iowa City Police Officers rode their bicycles in the Police Unity Tour, a 270 mile trek through four states that ended in Washington D.C. as part of National Police Week.
Captain Troy Kelsay, Officer Dan Roth and Officer Ashten Hayes joined more than 2,500 cyclists from across the nation in a four-day tour to recognize law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, while also raising funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. This year’s ride is anticipated to raise more than $2.6 million dollars.
Iowa City’s participating officers also attended National Police Week ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 21,000 fallen heroes listed on the nation’s memorial wall.
“We are incredibly proud to have three of our own on the ground in Washington paying tribute in person to our country's fallen officers,” Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly said. “This week is an important reminder to us all that we must do everything in our power to keep officers well-trained, well-equipped, and mentally and physically well. We must remind the caretakers to take care.”
Last year, the nation lost 135 peace officers in the line of duty, one from Iowa. National Police week occurs the week of May 15 and has been recognized since 1962.
To learn more about the Police Unity Tour, visit policeunitytour.com.
Pictured left to right: Capt. Troy Kelsay, Officer Dan Roth, Officer Ashten Hayes and retired Officer Mark Hewlett, who made the sign and drove with his wife from Pennsylvania to meet the three ICPD riders at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.