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You all know how I have a weakness for our Law Enforcement Community. They are under paid and over worked. The worst thing is when one is killed in the line of duty. Ths Saturday they are having a big ride for one of Dekalb County finest. He was a great man. One of my great friends who is a Police Officer knew this man and I would like to show my respect.


In memory of DeKalb County police officer Dennis C. Stepnowski, all

motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in the True American

Hero Benefit Motorcycle Ride hosted by Sprint Nextel November 18. A

detective in the S.W.A.T. unit, the 12-year veteran was fatally wounded

June 29 in an exchange of gunfire with a man wanted for murder in

Louisiana.

All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the True American Hero

Fund in memory of Stepnowski and to honor all the first responders who

lost their lives in the line of duty this year. The grand marshal for

the event will be John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted. Walsh did a

report on the incident and is planning another based on the True

American Hero ride.

"Officer Stepnowski was a highly regarded policeman who had earned many

commendations, including our department's highest award, The Medal Of

Honor," said Chief Nicholas Marinelli of the DeKalb County Police

Department. "But he was also a fun-loving man, and we believe the ride

and the entertainment that follows will make it something he would have

truly enjoyed. Our department is pleased and inspired by the support

from Sprint Nextel and the community for this benefit."

Rain or shine, the day begins at 6 a.m. with registration at Perimeter

Mall, where the ride will start and finish. There will be a ceremony

honoring Stepnowski and all first responders at 8 a.m.

The 70-mile ride begins at 9 a.m. and will be escorted by units from the

DeKalb, Cobb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and Hall county police

departments, as well as the Georgia State Patrol. There will be an

organized break for refreshments and restrooms - but no stop for fuel.

The riders are to return to Perimeter Mall by 12:30 p.m.

Advance registration, which ends at 5 p.m. the day before the ride, is

$25 for a solo rider or $35 with a passenger. The fee goes up by $5 for

both categories of registration the day of the event. The price includes

lunch, the True American Hero Ride Commemorative T-Shirt and a giveaway

packet. Lunch begins at noon and continues until 2 p.m. Entertainment

will continue until 4 p.m. Those who don't ride can buy lunch for $10.

Registration information is available at www.Sprintride.com.

All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the True American Hero

Fund in memory of Stepnowski and to honor all the first responders who

lost their lives in the line of duty this year. The grand marshal for

the event will be John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted. Walsh did a

report on the incident and is planning another based on the True

American Hero ride.
 

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Thanks Toyo

Thanks Toyo for the comments about the ride on Saturday for a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. I will be one of about 50 Blue Knights helping with the ride as ride captains and safety officers. I hope everyone in the Atlanta area can come out and honor this fallen officer. It should be pretty impressive, and will be filmed by John Walsh for a spot on Americas Most Wanted.
 

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We are excited. My son, Cole is very excited to say the least. I am going to try and get some of my friends that are LEOS to join in on the ride. If you see a yellow wing with a 9 year old thats us!
 

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My sympathies & condolences to the family of Officer Stepnowski.
In the past year I've attended 5 of these rides. Far too many.
Ride with Pride
Dave,the hobo,Cassidy
Ret.,M.P.D.C.,Wash.,D.C.
Blue Knight VAIII
 

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If I was closer I would be there. Did a memorial ride a few weeks ago for a deputy that was killed on his motor a few months back. Had a good turnout for it.
 

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Perhaps my eyes are getting older than I remember. I did not see a date for it.

EDIT-I now see it was Saturday. Sorry
 

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Great ride, met Toyo and son

We had a great ride Saturday for a True American Hero, I got to meet Toyo and his son. We had a fully escorted ride of about 70 miles and good barbeque at the end. John Walsh rode with us all the way with his film truck in front. He rides a Harley but we won't hold that against him. The entire ride will be airred on FOX's Americas Most Wanted special episode on DEC. 2nd at 10:00 p.m. We also were escorted by 2 copters from Dekalb Co. Police and they were awesome, you need to watch it on TV if you get a chance. Probaly had 300 to 400 bikes, and several cars and support vehicles. Special thanks to Sprint for putting on this great ride. They plan on making this an annual event, honoring a fallen emergency services workers.
 

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yupp i was there. i saw your bike casper. i had the twins so i couldnt ride, but we had a great time. mike :twisted:
 
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