Edgecombe County Sheriff's Captain Allen Moseley and his wife Sara will make a trip to National Harbor, Maryland on Sunday to ride in the Law Enforcement Ride and Run to Remember as they ride in memory of three Edgecombe County law enforcement officers who have worked for the sheriff's office and were killed in the line of duty.
"It is special to be able to pay tribute to these officers," Moseley said. "I feel blessed to be able to ride in the officers memory because of they lost their lives in the line of duty."
The event is designed to honor the contribution and sacrifice law enforcement officers make everyday.
Moseley and his wife are going to be riding in memory of Deputies Haywood Webb, Tommy Cole and N.C. Highway Patrolman Gene Demuth.
Webb was a deputy with the sheriff's office when he was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 6, 1964 as a result of a gunshot wound.
Cole was a deputy with the sheriff's office when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver on US 64 Alternate just outside of Tarboro on Jan. 25, 1990.
Demuth was a former deputy with the sheriff's office from 1998 to 2000 before he joined the N.C. Highway Patrol. He was recently killed in the line of duty on Sept. 8 when he was struck by a vehicle on US 64 in Nash County while trying to deploy stop sticks in a chase that went through three counties.
Moseley was shocked when he looked at the website and saw that his wife was going to ride in his honor, because he didn't have any idea that she had planned on doing that.
Moseley said when he saw that his wife had put his name on the list to ride in his honor it kind of shocked him.
The bike ride that the Moseley's and other law enforcement officers are going to ride in will be to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. The event is sponsored by the Memorial. There will be a 54 mile bike ride and each rider that participates is asked to raise at least $54 as a symbol that every 54 hours an officer makes the ultimate sacrifice with his or her life.
So far this year there has been 97 officers killed in the line of duty. There have been 35 killed by firearms, 42 in traffic related accidents and 20 by other causes.
The memorial was dedicated on Oct. 15,1991 to honor federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
Moseley worked with Demuth while he was at the sheriff's office as a deputy. He said when he learned of Demuth's death he was just in complete shock.
"Not only did a law enforcement officer lose his life but his wife and kid lost a loved one," Moseley said. "It is just terror every time an officer loses their life."
The death of Demuth really didn't hit Moseley until late that Sunday night when he and Sheriff James Knight went to visit Demuth's wife.
"It is just a numbing feeling when you hear about an officer losing their life especially one you have worked with and know personally," Moseley said. "It is just tough to imaging and see what the families go through after a tragic incident happens."
The memorial features two curving, 304-foot long blue-gray marble walls which has the names of more than 19,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout US history dating back to the first known death of a law enforcement officer that was killed in 1791.
Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever changing. They add new names of fallen officers to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.
Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers throughout the US which results in nearly 16,000 injuries. Over the last decade an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty.
"I have been to the memorial several times and it touches me each time I visit," Moseley said. "I think every officer needs to go and see the memorial at least once during their career."
The Moseley's had jerseys made with all three officers last name and the date they were killed in the line of duty.
Anyone that is wishing to donate can do so by visiting the memorial website at www.nleomf.com. You can make the donations under the participates name by searching Allen or Sara Moseley and you may also leave a personal message.
You may also gather further information about the memorial on the website.