Shelburne Police Officer Josh Flore is taking part in the national Police Unity Ride, to raise awareness for police officers killed in the line of duty.
The ride ends at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., where money raised by the officers goes to help upkeep.
Flore will be biking 300 miles over four days from northern New Jersey to Washington D.C. this week in remembrance of officers lost in the line of duty.
He is riding specifically in remembrance of Vermont State Trooper Sergeant Mike Johnson who was killed on the job on Father’s Day 2003. Flore has participated in this ride for about 10 years.
“Every day on the ride is special,” Flore said. “We laugh, cry and have time to reflect on law enforcement.
“For me it’s grounding. Even though we work and live in a very safe state, that doesn’t diminish that we deal with difficult situations,” Flore said. He added that the person riding next to him might not be as lucky to live in a state with few officer deaths.
Vermont has lost 25 police officers in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial website which has collected data dating back to the 1790s.
“We are lucky in this state, the only way I can put it is lucky,” Flore said.
Donations can be made to Flore’s ride at bit.ly/JoshFlore.