(WYTHE COUNTY) A crew of 12 officers traveled more than 3 thousand miles in a cannonball style drive to honor officers who were recently murdered in the line of duty.
This year the crew made 9 stops throughout the United States. This is the 4th Cannonball Memorial Run and sadly this is the 3rd time the crew has visited the state of Virginia.
This year the crew is honoring Trooper Lucas Dowell. Dowell was shot and killed while assisting in a drug raid in Cumberland County on February 4th of this year.
The crew presented a hand crafted plaque to Dowell’s parents at the Virginia State Police Wytheville Division headquarters.
“As soon as the trooper’s mother entered the room she got hugs from everybody. She’s our mother too. I know if something were to happen to me and each one of the 13 men that are driving cross country we know that our moms would get hugs too if something were to happen to us,” Sergeant Grant Ward of the Memorial Run said.
The Cannonball Memorial Run hopes to raise awareness of murdered officers and hope to decrease the issue. Troopers from Dowell’s division said the Cannonball Memorial Run is therapeutic during such a tough time.
“It’s very difficult to deal with a line of duty death. We will grieve but we still will do our job to protect the citizens of the commonwealth,” Sergeant Rick Garletts said.
The run began in Redondo Beach, California on April 11, and will end tonight in Washington D.C. with an honor ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.