As part of National Law Enforcement Week May 12-18, Holly Springs Police Department Detective Sherrie Conrad joined 2,500 other law enforcement officers from around the country in a series of special events in Washington D.C., remembering officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Among the events Conrad took part in during the week were a special 300-mile bike ride held by the Police Unity Tour to help raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial as well as a candlelight vigil at the memorial, where law enforcement officers and the families of those officers whose are inscribed on the walls of the memorial hold a special tribute to the fallen officers.
Conrad said she first participated in the Police Unity Tour bike ride in 2012 and has been doing it ever since.
“We ride for those who passed before the memorial was built and those who died during the previous year,” Conrad said.
During this year’s tour, Conrad rode for five fallen officers — one from the Ludowici Police Department, one from the Locust Grove Police Department, one from the Atlanta Police Department and two from the New York Police Department.
The bike ride began in Philadelphia, where Conrad joined others from the Police Unity Tour chapter she is involved with, and wound across the countryside to Washington. Once in the capital, all of the law enforcement officers involved in the tour came together at RFK Memorial Stadium and rode to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
With an estimated 55,000 law enforcement officers and family members taking part in the events throughout the week, one event that meant a lot to Conrad to be a part of was the candlelight vigil at the officers memorial on May 13. Not only was she able to stand alongside her fellow officers and pay tribute to those who had fallen in the line of duty, but she also had the chance to escort the family of one of the fallen officers to the vigil.
“It’s a huge honor,” she said.
Conrad wanted to thank all of those who have supported her and her participation in these events, including her family, the Holly Springs Police Department and her sponsors. Without these people backing her, Conrad said she would not be able to do these things.
Going forward, Conrad said she plans to continue taking part in the events for as long as she can, while also looking to try and recruit other local law enforcement officers to join her in the future.
“Knowing that they are being remembered is paramount to us,” Conrad said. “It means so much to me that I’m able to do this.”