The 1st, 3rd and 17th police districts will hold their first annual South Division Memorial Bike Ride in an effort to honor fallen officers throughout South Philadelphia.
The 1st, 3rd and 17th police districts will hold their first annual South Division Memorial Bike Ride on April 28 to honor fallen officers throughout South Philadelphia. The event starts at 9 a.m.
“The three districts in South Philly thought it would be a good way for our [Police District Advisory Council] and our command to do together,” said the 17th district’s Community Relations Officer John O’Connor.
While the event is meant to honor all fallen officers in the area, three in particular will be recognized on the day of the event: Charles Knox from the first district, whose end of watch was August 30, 1992; Ronald Trumbette from the 3rd district, whose end of watch was June 23, 1975; and Harry Davis from the 17th district, whose end of watch was April 6, 1970.
The bike ride will start at 1800 Washington Ave. and go through all three districts.
“Our honor guard is going to be there for the start,” O’Connor said, “and we will have someone singing the national anthem.”
From the starting point, the ride will go Davis’ memorial plaque at 2300 Christian St. From there, the group will ride to 27th and South, then ride east along South Street until 4th Street, where the convoy will make a right and head toward 914 S. 5th St. to observe a memorial plaque for Trumbette. After that, the group will head south on 10th Street to the Sports Complex, then back up north to Broad and Snyder to observe a memorial plaque for Knox. From there, the group will take Snyder to Passyunk Avenue, Passyunk to 11th Street, 11th Street to Federal Street, Federal Street to 18th Street, and take 18th Street back up to the starting/ending point at 18th and Washington.
A commemorative wreath will be placed in each district where an officer was killed in the line of duty.
“It gives people a chance to interact with police in a different type of environment than what they are normally accustomed to,” said O’Connor. “It gives us an opportunity to share something important to us with the community. In addition to honoring fallen officers it should be a good time.”
Additionally, the police department will give away a bicycle to a child in each district.
After the bike ride, the districts are hosting a barbecue cookout for all who attend the event.
Tickets for the event are $20, which includes a free T-shirt. The registration fee is cash only and can only be paid on the day of the event. Riders must be at least 13 years of age to participate. For more information, contact John.Oconnor@phila.gov, James.Lippi@phila.gov, Juan.Delgado@phila.gov or Thomas.Tolstoy@phila.gov.