MOORESVILLE – Three members of the Mooresville Police Department have begun a 500-mile bike trek to Washington, D.C., as part of a group ride to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.
Corporal Tim Taylor, Officer Zoe Young and Officer Aaron Moore have made the annual Bike 2 D.C. trip since 2014, but never with hearts so heavy after losing fellow Mooresville Officer Jordan Sheldon, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop May 4.
“It’s personal this time,” said Moore. “We’re doing this in sadness, but it’s important to all of us.”
The officers pedaled off from Mooreville at 8 a.m. Thursday and will complete their trip at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.
The trio is riding with hundreds of other officers and professional cyclists, covering more than 500 miles in four days. The course makes stops in Charlotte, Asheboro and Greensboro in North Carolina; and South Boston and Richmond in Virginia, ending in Washington on May 12. On May 13, the riders will attend a candlelight vigil at the memorial.
The Mooresville officers are carrying Sheldon’s badge and name tag, and have placed copies of his MPD identification on their bikes. Moore said other departments have also asked to wear copies of Sheldon’s ID during the ride.
The support vehicle riding alongside the cyclists also has special meaning. It was decorated by Sign Post with graphics that have Sheldon’s badge number and photos of him with his former K9, Loki.
“The material it’s made out of will let people write on it, so they can sign it during the ride,” said Moore. “We can also remove it later and make it into a more permanent memorial. They did a great job with it, and it looks amazing.”
The officers are already making plans to return next year, when Sheldon’s name will join those of more than 20,000 other officers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.