On Friday, May 24th, 2013, police officers from several different law enforcement agencies in Orange County, CA, embarked on the 2013 Project 999 Memorial Ride to honor the memory of fallen officers.
Project 999 is a non-profit fund supervised by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (CA) that provides financial support to the families of fallen officers injured or killed in the line of duty. Every year in May, officers from different agencies throughout the county come together for the Project 999 Memorial Ride, which is a major fundraising event for the fund. A group of bicycle riders, representing police agencies throughout Orange County, join together to commemorate the lives of fallen officers.
The riders do this by participating in a Memorial Ride cycling 630 miles from the California State Peace Officer Memorial in Sacramento to Orange County’s Peace Officer Memorial in Tustin. They will cycle through rolling green hills in Pleasant Valley, climb the steep ocean cliffs of Big Sur, ride through farm fields outside San Luis Obispo, and cruise along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. They average about 100 miles per day, riding at approximately 18-20mph. Many of them spend weeks in training to prepare for this physical feat.
On Tuesday, May 28th, 2013, the riders will return to Orange County. Join us at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy at 6pm to welcome them home. County officials will also unveil and dedicate the new Orange County Peace Officer Memorial during a special candlelight vigil. Please join us for this wonderful dedication ceremony to honor fallen officers and support their surviving families.
A special thank you to Spy Optic Sunglasses and Safariland for their generous donations and sponsorship of the 2013 Project 999 Memorial Ride. To learn more about Project 999, call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Community Programs Office at (714) 647-4133. You can also find Project 999 on Facebook.