Shelburne Officer joins Hundreds for Police Unity Tour

By Christine Souders |

Published 05/12 2014 07:34PM

Updated 05/12 2014 07:40PM

SHELBURNE, VT- This is national police week.

In recognizing the men and women who've died in the line of duty, one local officer joins hundreds from around the country to ride to our nation's capital in their honor.

The past four days, Shelburne Police Officer Josh Flore has been riding his bicycle on the Police Unity Tour.

After a 300 mile ride from from New Jersey, on Monday they made it to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington D.C..

Officer Flore said he not only rides for the 22 Vermont officers who have died in the line of duty, but the families they leave behind.

"You feel every emotion during the four days your on the road. You laugh, you get angry, you cry, and you have a chance to really think about what these officers have given."

Together, 1,700 cyclists in blue rode from East Hanover, New Jersey to the National Memorial.

He said the journey is tiring, but worth every minute

"We didn't stop for a single stop light or stop light. It's a cyclist's dream."

He said the message..."It's unity. We stay together."

During this journey, Officer Flore talked to the family of a Vermont fallen officer

"I had the opportunity to speak with Sgt. Mike Johnson's family today, to meet with them and say hi."

His name, along with others at the memorial in D.C..

Back home in Shelburne, Flore's fellow officers send their support.

"It's a pretty significant accomplishment. It's over 300 miles, so it's a significant ride," said Officer James McKnight from Shelburne Police Department.

Officer Flore added he rides so others will never forget their sacrifice.

This Police Unity Ride, more than $1.9 million dollars was donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial, the largest donation to date.

"It's been an incredibile journey, so I'm thankful to Vermont law enforcement for letting me participate in this, especially my department. Without the support of my department it wouldn't be possible," said Flore.

Officer Flore and the 1,700 other riders finished the trip Monday afternoon.

Officer Flore heads back Wednesday.

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