35-mile ride begins in Plymouth, ends at memorial in St. Paul
By Kristen Miller
On Sunday, Sept. 10, law enforcement officers and survivors will remember those killed in the line of duty as part of the annual Ride to Remember, a 35-mile bike ride to the Peace Officer’s Memorial at the State Capitol.
The ride is organized by Team MN of Law Enforcement United, a group of law enforcement, survivors and civilian supporters who have made it their mission to honor the fallen and remember the survivors.
As part of National Police Week, the group hosts an annual 250-mile bike ride to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The Sept. 10 event is a scaled down version that allows people to participate on a local level and provides a “first-hand experience” of what the organization does each year in Washington, explained Brian Jeska, a Plymouth police officer who rides in honor of his father, an Eagan officer killed in the line of duty in 1993.
This the first year the ride will trek through the west metro, making stops in Wayzata and Robbinsdale, where riders will honor two fallen officers.
The ride will begin at 8 a.m. at Plymouth Fire Station No. 3, 3300 Dunkirk Lane, and goes to the Wayzata Police Department to honor the sacrifice of Sgt. Jim Anderson who was killed in the line of duty in 1982 on his 36th birthday.
Anderson was shot and killed while answering a domestic disturbance call on Rice Street.
As he entered the apartment building lobby the suspect shot him in the chest three times, fled and took hostages in the local post office before taking his own life.
Anderson had been with the six-man department for one year and had been in law enforcement for 13 years.
Riders will then continue on to Lakeview Terrace Park in Robbinsdale, to honor Officer John Scanlon, who was shot and killed after he and another officer cleared the scene of a burglary call in 1985.
After clearing the scene the second officer left, but Scanlon remained in his patrol car doing paperwork. Although they did not locate a suspect on their initial search, the man returned to the scene, approached Scanlon’s vehicle and opened fire from the driver’s side.
Scanlon had served with the Robbinsdale department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and adopted son.
From there, riders will head to the downtown Minneapolis precinct where they will be met by the Minneapolis Honor Guard and all the names of Minneapolis officers who have been killed in the line of duty will be read.
The ride will then continue to the Peace Officers Memorial on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul, where there will be a wreath laying ceremony.
From there, participants will board a coach bus back to the start in Plymouth for a meal served by the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club, a nonprofit motorcycle club made up of police officers and fire fighters. The club raises money for fallen officers and fire fighters.
The ride is $35 with proceeds from the ride will go to Team MN and its efforts for the annual rides.
The ride is open to the to the public, however, participants must be 18 years old and helmets are mandatory.
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