MESA COUNTY, Colo - During Police Week in May, thousands of officers will participate in the Police Unity Tour to honor the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016.
The 260 mile bicycle ride begins in Virginia and ends in Washington, D.C. Participants ride to raise awareness and to ensure each family that their officer will never be forgotten.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by riders who will be specifically riding for Deputy Derek Geer. These men and woman never met him, but will be wearing memorial armbands honoring Deputy Geer during the three-day ride. So far, we've been contacted by a Detective in Louisiana and a woman in Georgia whose husband was killed in the line of duty. Both will be riding in Deputy Geer's honor.
On the final day of the ride, the participants finish at the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and greet the families whose officer they are riding for. They will then present them with their honor band as a testament that their officer will never be forgotten.National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial.
Team Buddy Christian from Georgia is raising funds buy selling Memorial T-shirts. On the back is listed every officer's name killed in the line of duty including Deputy Derek Geer. If you are interested in a shirt, click here. The proceeds from this Memorial Shirt will benefit the Police Unity Tour and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Members of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office will be traveling to Washington D.C. in May to accompany Deputy Geer's Family during Police Week in which his name will be added to the national memorial.