For the past two years, Deputy Sheriff Larry Canfield of the Sacramento County, CA, Sheriff’s Office was the one who organized motorcycle cops from his region to come to Washington, DC, to honor their fallen colleagues during National Police Week. This year, sadly, it is Larry Canfield’s fellow motor officers who have come to DC to honor him.
Last November 12th, Deputy Canfield, a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was pursuing a speeding motorist when another driver made a left turn and rammed into the deputy’s motorcycle. The devoted husband and father of two was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
On Sunday, nearly four dozen motor officers from the greater Sacramento area rode in the 14th Annual Law Ride to honor and remember Larry Canfield. Riding with the Blue Knights, Virginia II Chapter, the northern California officers joined hundreds of other officers and supporters on motorcycles who made the noisy, yet solemn three-mile run from RFK Stadium to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for a service and wreath laying ceremony there.
The show of support for Deputy Canfield was organized primarily by Sergeant Scott McCartney of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He is also president of the Western States Motor Officers Association, in which Larry Canfield was active. In addition to two dozen motor officers from the sheriff’s office, the contingent includes members of the municipal police departments in Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Citrus Heights and even Carson City, NV.
A truly impressive showing for a truly remarkable law enforcement professional.
Law Ride is the first major event of National Police Week 2009.
Monday: the 30th Annual DC Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service, organized by the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Auxiliary. It begins at 11 AM at the Metropolitan Police Department Memorial Fountain, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW.
For more information about National Police Week 2009, including a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.nleomf.org/NPW2009.