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Saturday, September 26, 2009
 
DPS memorial ride
 
A PLACE OF HONOR

Let me start by introducing myself, I am Senior Trooper James P. Colunga. My current station is Waxahachie in Highway Patrol / CVE. As I near the end of my DPS career I feel an emotional duty to give a final place of HONOR to the officers that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this department and the citizens of Texas.


The past five years I have participated in the Police Unity Tour. This tour was organized the raise awareness of the “National Police Memorial”, in Washington D.C. A memorial built to honor all U.S. police officers killed in the line of duty.

I will be using the same principals in my plans for the DPS Memorial Ride. The event will be held on a Saturday in May during “National Police Memorial Week”. We will be riding (bicycles) from Austin (headquarters) on a designated route. Each participant rider is to pay a MINIMUM $30.00 TOTAL fee.

 
This entry fee will be distributed in the following manner:
 
100% will go into a DPS Disability Fund
All FUNDS RAISED THROUGH SPONSORSHIP WILL BE USED TO SET UP AND PROMOTE THE DPS MEMORIAL RIDE.
AFTER THE EVENT 100% OF THE SPONSOR FUNDS WILL BE EQUALLY DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN THE MEMORIAL AND DISABILITY FUNDS.
 
To assist with out of pocket expenses where insurance fails.
To assist where death occurs NOT in the line of duty.
Cases will be presented to a board for recommended distribution.
After the DPS Memorial is paid off, the distribution of funds will be amended.
 
The unity Tours motto “We Ride for Those Who Died” holds true here. We should never forget them but should also remember our brothers and sisters in need. Let the brotherhood of the “Thin Blue Line” show its caring side and this. See how good it feels to do something so little that will make such a big difference to another!!!