Culpeper Town Police Sgt. Luke Altman helped honor fallen law enforcement officers this week by riding in the 22nd annual Police Unity Tour.
Altman and the group of about 110 riders left Richmond on May 10 and came through Orange and Culpeper on May 11 en route to their destination at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on May 12.
The ride supports fallen officers and the memorial in D.C. Altman said several different chapters come together and about 2,500 riders leave RFK on May 12 to ride to the memorial and a candlelight vigil is held May 13.
“I don’t know anyone personally (who has died in the line of duty) but I try to do my part to remember them,” he sadi. “I enjoy doing it and it’s a small opportunity to show appreciation to the loved ones who have paid the sacrifice.”
Altman, a sergeant on night patrol, often is visible riding his bike in town. This is the third year he’s participated in the Police Unity Tour and said this year has already been more pleasant that last, when it rained for almost the entire second day – the 75-mile portion of the trip which comes through Culpeper.
He said the group averages about 15 and a half miles per hour and keeps a moderate pace, so as not to spread out too far. They usually stay within 200 to 300 yards of each other and are escorted by motorcycle police to help direct traffic.
During the trip, he said he’s only seen one car in 108 miles that has been frustrated with the delay caused by the bikers.
“Most people stop and cheer,” he said. “Trevilians Elementary School in Louisa come out and lined the side of the street for us yesterday. It’s been overwhelmingly positive.”