Westville PD assists Law Enforcement United in ride to honor fallen officers

In the top photo, the riders stop to pay their respects at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured on the far left, in uniform, is Jamestown Town Marshal Aaron Clapp, whose father, Richard Clapp, was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 5, 2003. The other photos show the riders having some fun at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
WNLP photos and story by Mike Kellems
The Westville Police Department was proud to assist Law Enforcement United as they pedaled across the state of Indiana in early May 2019, honoring fallen police officers.
The bike ride began May 1 in St. Louis, MO, and will end in Washington, D.C., during National Police Week in the middle of May. Along the way to the Nation’s Capitol, the roughly two dozen riders stop at police departments, meet with fellow police officers and family members and pay tribute to those killed in the line of duty.
Westville Town Marshal Darin Mercer said, “We are very thankful for these men and women that give up their time and put forth an extreme effort as they bring awareness to the tragedies that have befallen thousands of police officers over the years. We must never forget the sacrifice that our brothers and sisters in law enforcement have made protecting our communities.”
In Indiana, 445 police officers have been killed in the line of duty and more than 21,000 have died in the U.S. since the first recorded death in the late 1700s. There have been 14 law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in LaPorte County.
While the riders passed through the state, a Westville Deputy Marshal volunteered to help escort the group as they traveled along highways and  county roads. A highlight for the ride was the opportunity to make a loop around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Once the riders completed a lap, they were able to spend some quality time at the famous “yard of bricks.”

One Response to “Westville PD assists Law Enforcement United in ride to honor fallen officers”

  1. Gail

    May 11. 2019

    R.I.P. Jim Magley

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